Bio

complete CV for download:  koutnik-cv.pdf

 

MICHELLE REBECCA KOUTNIK

EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Geophysics, University of Washington  (November 2009),  Thesis: Inferring histories of accumulation rate, ice thickness, and ice flow from internal layers in glaciers and ice sheets
B.S. in Astrophysics / Planetary Science, University of California Los Angeles  (June 2001)

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Research assistant professor, University of Washington ( July 2013 – present)
Research associate, University of Washington  (October 2012 – June 2013)
Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Copenhagen, Denmark  (February 2010 – September 2012)
Graduate research assistant, University of Washington  (September 2002 – November 2009)
International research exchange student, Copenhagen, Denmark  (August – October 2007)
Fulbright fellow, University of Calgary, Canada  (September 2001 – August 2002)
Visiting appointment in Planetary Science, Caltech  (2001 – 2008)
Undergraduate research assistant, Caltech  ( June 1999 – September 2001)

Research interests: Glacier and ice-sheet dynamics; ice masses on Mars; interpretation of radar data; ice-flow modeling and geophysical inverse methods to understand ice and climate histories

FIELD EXPERIENCE
Ross ice shelf near Beardmore Glacier, Antarctica (November 2013 – January 2014): Part of a five-person field team (including Howard Conway and Paul Winberry); Collected ground-based radar data and conducted active and passive seismic experiments
Beardmore Glacier, Antarctica (October – December 2012): Part of a five-person field team (including Howard Conway and Paul Winberry); Collected ground and airborne radar data and conducted active and passive seismic experiments
Central West Antarctica  (November – December 2011): Led five-person field team on 500 km snow machine traverse, similar to 2010 campaign
Greenland, NEEM ice-core site (May – June 2011): Assisted with core processing of deep ice; assisted drilling a new 400-meter ice core at the North Greenland Eemian (NEEM) camp
Central West Antarctica (November – December 2010): Assisted Lora Koenig (NASA) and Summer Rupper (Brigham Young University); Drilled shallow ice cores and collected radar data on a traverse across West Antarctic Divide
Zermatt, Switzerland  (May 2010): Assisted Summer Rupper (Brigham Young University); Collected radar data, survey, drilled shallow ice cores on Zwillings Glacier
Blue Glacier, Olympic Mountains, Washington (summer trips in 2002-2008): Collaborated with Howard Conway and Al Rasmussen; Collected and processed GPS data, installed and maintained temperature sensors and snow-depth sensor
llulissat, West Greenland (October 2007): Assisted Ginny Catania (Univ. of Texas, Austin); Retrieved GPS units
Dry Valleys, Antarctica (November 2004 – February 2005): Assisted Erin Pettit (Univ. of Alaska, Fairbanks); Installed six seismometers, assisted with wiring, calibration, and installation of tilt sensors and temperature sensors, assisted with collection and processing of shallow ice cores
Haig Glacier, Canada (winter trip 2001, spring and summer trips 2002): Assisted Shawn Marshall (Univ. of Calgary); Mass-balance measurements, snow-pit analysis, and weather-station installation and maintenance

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Instructor, Workshop on Applications of Radar Data (12-16 March 2012), SVALI course hosted by Centre for Ice and Climate, Copenhagen
Co-instructor, Exploration Seminar to Greenland (12 August – 2 September 2008), University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences; Co-instructed with Gerard Roe, developed new study-abroad undergraduate course with a focus on ice, climate, and culture of Greenland, and travel to Greenland
Teaching Assistant, Introductory Seismology (2002 and 2003), University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences
Teaching Assistant, Introductory Space Physics (2002 and 2003), University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences
Teaching Assistant, Introductory Geology (2002), University of Washington, Department of Earth and Space Sciences

AWARDS
National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship (2009 – 2012), Two-year postdoctoral position at Centre for Ice and Climate, Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark
Johnston Award for Research (2006), University of Washington, Earth and Space Sciences
Graduate research award (2004-2007), University of Washington, Earth and Space Sciences
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2004), Three-year graduate fellowship at University of Washington
Evolving Earth Foundation Graduate Research Grant (2003)
David Bonderman International Travel Fellowship (2003), University of Washington; four months explorative travel to Canada, Iceland, and Greenland
Fulbright Fellowship, United States-Canada  (2001)
Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Award (2000)

ACTIVITIES
Lectures to undergraduate students (multiple per year 2012-2014), Introduction to ice-sheet modeling; Ice on Earth and Mars
Summer-course participant (8-19 June 2010), Advanced Climate Dynamics Course, Norway, topic: Marine/Ice Sheet Interactions
Invited participant  (October 2008), International Space Science Institute (Bern, Switzerland) funded workshop on Mars Polar Ice and Climate
Summer-course participant (15-26 June 2003), Grand Combin Summer School, Italy, topic: Paleoclimate Observations and Modelling