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Patrick Wright

Patrick Wright

PhD candidate

Email: patrick.wright@umontana.edu
Office: ISB 405

Current Position

Research Assistant

Courses

GEO 488  Snow, Ice, and Climate

Personal Summary

I grew up around Dubois and Jackson, Wyoming, and still call the area home when not out pursuing work and education. I started here at UM in January of 2014, as part of the UM Group for Quantitative Study of Snow and Ice, working with Dr. Joel Harper. We spend about a month every summer camped on the Greenland Ice Sheet drilling boreholes and setting up instrumentation to measure icesheet deformation and velocity, and basal water pressure. These instruments run year-round (hopefully!), giving us a very unique and exciting dataset to examine the Greenland Icesheet.

When not in Greenland or working in the lab, I can be found out on my skis, my bike, or my feet, exploring the beautiful Montana backcountry.

Education

M.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Houston (2012)

B.S. Geology and Environmental Science, University of Oregon (2005)

Field of Study

Glaciology. Icesheet dynamics, deformation, and basal hydrology.

Publications

Wright, P., Bergin, M., Dibb, J., Lefer, B., Domine, F., Carman, T., Carmagnola, C.,
Dumont, M., Courville, Z., Schaaf, C., & Wang, Z. (2014). Comparing MODIS daily snow
albedo to spectral albedo field measurements in Central Greenland. Remote Sensing of
Environment
, 140, 118-129.

Carmagnola, C.M., F. Domine, M. Dumont, P. Wright, B. Strellis, M. Bergin, J. Dibb, G.
Picard, Q. Libois, L. Arnaud, and S. Morin (2013). Snow spectral albedo at Summit,
Greenland: comparison between in situ measurements and numerical simulations using
measured physical and chemical properties of the snowpack. The Cryosphere, 7, 1139-1160.

Carmagnola, C.M., Domine, F., Morin, S., Arnaud, L., Picard, G., Champollion, N., Bergin,
M., Dibb, J., Wright, P., Dumont, M. (2012). Ricerche sulla neve in Groenlandia: misure e
risultati della campagna alla base Summit, Nimbus 63-64 (Journal of the Italian
Meteorological Society), March 2012, 6-14, 6303.

Teaching Experience

Snow, Ice, and Climate (2014, University of Montana)

Weather Information Lab (2011-2012, University of Houston)

Introduction to Global Climate Change (2011, University of Houston)

Mineralogy Lab (2005, University of Oregon)  

Professional Experience

Summit Research Station, Greenland, April – June, Aug. – Nov., 2012. Science technician for the ICECAPS campaign. Operation/maintenance of atmospheric instrumentation including: cloud radar, LiDARs, microwave radiometers, infrared interferometer, SODAR, twice daily weather balloon launches, and snow crystal microphotography. For a feature on micro snow crystals and atmospheric optics, see: www.atoptics.co.uk/fz827.htm

T.M. McCoy & Co., Consulting Geologists, Sept. 2006 – Dec. 2007. Wellsite geology and mudlogging for oil and gas drilling in WY & CO. Collect rock samples, monitor gas levels, maintain a stratigraphic log of rock formations, microscope analysis of samples, and interpretation of reservoir rock quality.

Pierson Land Works, Sept. 2005 – June 2006, Jackson, WY. Field surveyor, operating Total Station instruments, GPS, and levels for property surveys.

International Experience

Tien Shan Geology Field Camp, August 2006, Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. Geologic mapping of active faults and uplifted river terraces to determine uplift rates in the Tien Shan mountains. (Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, OR)

High Arctic Field Course, July 2005, Thule, Greenland. Studying water and carbon cycling in response to climate change. Assisted fieldwork studying vegetation, permafrost, soils (patterned ground), and hydrology. (Univ. of Washington and Univ. of Alaska, Anchorage)