Dave Sutherland, Department of Earth Sciences
David Sutherland is an expert in oceanography and the ocean's role in climate change, specifically how the ocean affects ice-covered areas such as Greenland, Antarctica, and the Arctic Ocean. At the University of Oregon, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences and also teaches courses for the Environmental Studies Program. He works closely with the Environmental Science Institute and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Dave’s research focuses on coastal oceanography--in the Arctic this means how melting glaciers impact the ocean (and vice versa), while on the Oregon coast, this means how coastal waters affect ecosystem functioning. While he spends his summers in Greenland studying ocean temperatures and glacier behavior, he can also speak to the melting polar ice caps in the Arctic Ocean or other high-latitude ocean processes in places like Patagonian Chile or SE Alaska.
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Why it’s impossible to predict when that giant Antarctic ice sheet will split (Wired, Jan. 12, 2017)
Know the ocean’s role in Greenland’s glacier meltdown (NDTV, June 24, 2014)