Dr. Leigh A Stearns

Leigh Stearns
  • Professor

Contact Info

Office Phone:
Department Phone:
Ritchie Hall, room #354A


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