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Joel Harper

Harper, Joel

Phone: (406) 243-5867

Office: ISB 405D


Associate Professor



My research is focused on the interactions and feedbacks between the cryosphere and the climate system. This work is motivated by societal need to understand the climate system, project sea level rise, and manage water resources. I employ methods of computer modeling, data analysis, and field instrumentation. My field research is conducted on the Greenland Ice Sheet, small glaciers in Alaska and Montana, and seasonal snow in Montana. My research is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Swedish Nuclear Waste Management Company.

Courses Taught

GEOS 108: Climate Change, Past and Future

GEOS 488: Snow Ice and Climate

GEOS 595: Fundamentals of Academic Research

GEOS 548: Advanced Topics in the Cryosphere

Field of Study


Snow Hydrology

Climate Change

Selected Publications