Leigh A. Stearns

Natural Sciences and Mathematics - Geology
Professor
Primary office:
785.864.4202
Ritchie Hall, 354A
University of Kansas
1414 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:



Summary

I joined the KU Department of Geology in 2009, after completing my Ph.D. in the Department of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine. My research focuses on outlet glacier dynamics in both Greenland and Antarctica, using satellite remote sensing techniques, field based observations, and numerical modeling.

In addition to maintaining an active research program and serving on a number of nation-wide committees to improve polar data acquisition and distribution, I teach several courses in the Department of Geology. These courses include environmental geology, geomorphology, glaciology and a number of independent studies and seminars. I am also very interested in climate education and literacy, at all ages.

Research Interests

  • Ice sheet mass balance
  • Glacier dynamics
  • Remote sensing
  • Geophysics
  • Geodesy
  • Climate change
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Upcoming Colloquium

SPRING 2021

2/25/21: Dr. Katherine Ryker, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

3/25/21: Dr. Jonathan Payne, Professor, Geological Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

4/8/21: Dr. Peter Burgess, Professor of Sedimentary Geology and Head of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom.

4/29/21: Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Professor, Geoecology & Carbonate Sedimentology and Director of the Center for Marine Environmental Science, Bremen University, Bremen, Germany.

Geology Scholarship

The 2021-2022 Academic-Year Undergraduate Scholarship Award Application is now online.
 
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