Grant MacdonaldGraduate Student

Research Focus:
Hinds 459

Research Interests

I developed an interest in glaciology as an undergraduate at Edinburgh and in particular glacial hydrology. At the University of Chicago, under the supervision of Dr Douglas MacAyeal (and Dr Alison Banwell at SPRI, Cambridge), I have been awarded a NASA NESSF fellowship to monitor and develop understanding of supraglacial lakes, as well as assess their role for wider glacial hydrology and dynamics. Currently, I’m focusing on Petermann Glacier in north Greenland and am especially interested in comparing lakes on the grounded and floating portions of the glacier.

Educational and Academic History

  • PhD in Glaciology, Department of the Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, USA (2014-)

  • MPhil in Polar Studies (with distinction), Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK (2012-2013)

  • Research Assistant in Glaciology/Hydrology, Centre de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Aridas (CEAZA), Chile (2011-2012)

  • BSc (Honours) in Geography, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, UK (2007-2011)

Courses TAed

  • PHSC 13400 Global Warming (autumn and spring quarters)
  • PHSC 13600 Natural Hazards

Glaciological Fieldwork Experience

  • Northern Chilean Andes, (for CEAZA), over 2 months accumulated November-April (2011-12)
  • West Greenland, (for University of Bristol), July/August 2011
  • West Greenland, (for University of Edinburgh), July/August 2010

Conference Presentations

Macdonald G.J., Banwell, A.F., Arnold, N.S. and MacAyeal D.R. ‘Evolution of supraglacial lakes on Petermann Glacier, north Greenland’, International Symposyium on the Hydrology of Glaciers and Ice Sheets, Hofn, Iceland (June 2015) [poster]