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Daniel McGrath

Research Scientist, Assistant Professor - Geophysics (starting Fall 2018)


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I am a geoscientist who utilizes novel in situ geophysical and remote sensing tools to study earth surface processes, particularly related to the cryosphere. My research has involved more than 15 expeditions to Antarctica, Greenland, Alaska and Patagonia.

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I am a geoscientist who utilizes novel in situ geophysical and remote sensing tools to study earth surface processes, particularly related to the cryosphere. My research has involved more than 15 expeditions to Antarctica, Greenland, Alaska and Patagonia.


Ph.D. in CIRES/Geography from U. of Colorado Boulder , Colorado , 2013

B.A. in Geology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College , Maine , 2006

Awards, Honors, Grants:

Warner College of Natural Resources Outstanding Publication Award , 2016

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Selected Articles:

Fracture propagation and stability of ice shelves governed by ice shelf heterogeneity
Geophysical Research Letters , in press ,
Borstad, C., D. McGrath, and A. Pope

Hydrologic and geomorphic change resulting from episodic glacial lake outburst floods: Rio Colonia, Patagonia, Chile
Geophysical Research Letters , 44, doi:10.1002/2016GL071374 ,
Jacquet, J., S. McCoy, D. McGrath, D. Nimick, M. Fahey, J. O’Kuinghttons, B. Friesen and J. Leidich

Hypsometric control on glacier mass balance sensitivity in Alaska and northwest Canada.
Earth's Future , 5, doi:10.1002/2016EF000479 ,
McGrath, D., L. Sass, S. O’Neel, A. Arendt, and C. Kienholz.

Links between atmosphere, ocean, and cryosphere from two decades of microseism observations on the Antarctic Peninsula
Journal of Geophysical Research , 122, doi:10.1002/2016JF004098 ,
Anthony, R., R. Aster, and D. McGrath

Geometry, mass balance, and thinning at Eklutna Glacier, Alaska: an altitude-mass-balance feedback with implications for water resources
Journal of Glaciology , 63(238), doi: 10.1017/jog.2016.146 ,
Sass, L., M. Loso, J. Geck, E. Thoms, and D. McGrath

Latest Pleistocene and Holocene glacial events in the Colonia valley, Northern Patagonia Icefield, southern Chile
Journal of Quaternary Research , 31, 551-564, doi: 10.1002/jqs.2847 ,
Nimick, D.A., D. McGrath, B.A. Friesen, S.A. Mahan and J. Leidich

Documenting 35 years of land cover changes - Lago Cachet Dos drainage, Chile
U.S. Geological Survey Science Investigations Map 3332 , 10.3133/sim3332, 2015 ,
Friesen, B.A., D.A. Nimick, D. McGrath, C.J. Cole, E.M. Wilson, M.J. Fahey, S.M. Noble, J. Leidich and J.I. O’Kuinghttons Villena

End-of-winter snow depth variability on glaciers in Alaska.
Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface , 10.1002/2015JF003539, 2015 ,
McGrath, D., S. O’Neel, L. Sass, A. Gusmeroli, A. Arendt, G. Wolken, C. Kienholz and C. McNeil.

Using satellite imagery to monitor glacial-lake outburst floods —Lago Cachet Dos drainage, Chile
U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3322 , 10.3133/sim3322, 2015 ,
Friesen, B.A., C.J. Cole, D.A. Nimick, E.M. Wilson, M.J. Fahey, D. McGrath and J. Leidich

Oceanic and atmospheric forcing of Larsen C Ice Shelf thinning
The Cryosphere , 10.5194/tc-9-1005-2015, 2015 ,
Holland, P.R., A. Brisbourne, H.J.F. Corr, D. McGrath, K. Purdon, J. Paden, H.A. Fricker, and F. Paolo.

MODIS observed increase in duration and spatial extent of sediment plumes in Greenland Fjords
Cryosphere , 10.5194/tc-8-1161-2014, 2014 ,
Hudson, B., I. Overeem, D. McGrath, J.P.M. Syvitski and A. Mikkelsen

The structure and effect of suture zones in Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica
Journal of Geophysical Research10.1002/2013JF002935, 10.1002/2013JF002935 , 10.1002/2013JF002935, 2014 ,
McGrath, D., K. Steffen, P. Holland, T. Scambos, H. Rajaram, W. Abdalati and E. Rignot

Recent warming at Summit, Greenland: Global context and implications
Geophysical Research Letters , 10.1002/grl.50456, 2013 ,
McGrath D., N. Bayou, W. Colgan, A. Muto and K. Steffen

Recent cooler conditions on the Northern Antarctic Peninsula [In “State of the Climate in 2011”]
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society , 93(7), S154-S155, 2012 ,
McGrath, D. and K. Steffen

Basal crevasses and associated surface crevassing on the Larsen C ice shelf, Antarctica and their role in ice-shelf instability
Annals of Glaciology , 10.3189/2012AoG60A005, 2012 ,
McGrath, D., K. Steffen, T. Scambos, H. Rajaram, G. Casassa and J.L. Rodriguez Lagos

Basal crevasses on the Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica: Implications for meltwater ponding and hydrofracture
Geophysical Research Letters , 10.1029/2012GL052413, 2012 ,
McGrath, D., K. Steffen, H. Rajaram, T. Scambos, W. Abdalati and E. Rignot

Assessing the summer water budget of a small moulin basin in the Sermeq Avannarleq ablation region, Greenland Ice Sheet
Journal of Glaciology , 57(205), 954-964, 2011 ,
McGrath, D., W.T. Colgan, K. Steffen, P. Lauffenburger and J. Balog

Modeling moulin distribution on Sermeq Avannarleq glacier using ASTER and WorldView imagery and fuzzy set theory
Remote Sensing of the Environment , 115, 2292-2301, 2011 ,
T. Phillips, S. Leyk, H. Rajaram, W. Colgan, W. Abdalati, D. McGrath and K. Steffen

Sediment plumes as a proxy for local ice sheet runoff in Kangerlussuaq Fjord, West Greenland
Journal of Glaciology , 56(199), 813-821, 2010 ,
McGrath, D., K. Steffen, I. Overeem, S. Mernild, B. Hasholt and M. van den Broeke


American Geophysical Union

International Glaciological Society