Profile for Michael Studinger

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Title: Research Physical Scientist
Affiliation: NASA
Contact: E-mail
Office Phone: 301-614-6908
Fax: 301-614-5644

Research Interests

Michael’s research interests include physical processes in polar regions linking subglacial environments, ice sheet dynamics, and life in extreme environments, such as subglacial lakes. He is using integrated sets of aerogeophysical data, including gravity, magnetics, ice-penetrating radar, and laser altimeter measurements, to answer key questions in glaciology. His main research projects focus on the role of subglacial environments in a global framework.

Short Biography

Michael Studinger is the Project Scientist for NASA's Operation IceBridge.
He received a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Bremen and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany, in 1998. He has been a research scientist for 12 years at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York. In 2010, he joined the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Current Projects


Indrani Das, E., Ted A. Scambos, Michael Wolovick, Timothy T. Creyts, M. Studinger, Nicholas Frearson, Julien P. Nicolas, Jan T. M. Lenaerts, and Michiel R. van den Broeke (2013). Influence of persistent wind scour on the surface mass balance of Antarctica Nature Geoscience.

Kurtz, N., S. L. Farrell, M. Studinger, N. Galin, J. P. Harbeck, R. Lindsay, V. D. Onana, B. Panzer, and J. G. Sonntag (2013). Sea ice thickness, freeboard, and snow depth products from Operation IceBridge airborne data The Cryosphere, 7, 1035–1056

Kurtz, N., J. Richter-Menge, S. Farrell, M. Studinger, J. Paden, J. Sonntag, and J. Yungel. (2013). IceBridge Airborne Survey Data Support Arctic Sea Ice Predictions Eos, 94(41).

Onana, V., N. Kurtz, S. Farrell, L. Koenig, M. Studinger, and J. Harbeck (2013). A Sea-Ice Lead Detection Algorithm for Use With High-Resolution Airborne Visible Imagery IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51(1), 38

Schodlok, M., D. Menemenlis, E. Rignot, and M. Studinger (2012). Sensitivity of the ice shelf ocean system to the sub-ice shelf cavity shape measured by NASA IceBridge in Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctica Annals of Glaciology, 53(60), 156-162

Bell, R., F. Ferraccioli, T. Creyts, D. Braaten, H. Corr, I. Das, D. Damaske, N. Frearson, T. Jordan, K. Rose, M. Studinger, and M. Wolovick (2011). Widespread Persistent Thickening of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet by Freezing from the Base Science, 25, 592-1595

Siegert, M., S. Popov, and M. Studinger (2011). Vostok subglacial lake; a review of geophysical data regarding its discovery and topographic setting GEOPHYSICAL MONOGRAPH SERIES, 194, 45-60

Koenig, L., Seelye Martin, M. Studinger, and J.G. Sonntag (2010). Polar Airborne Observations Fill Gap in Satellite Data EOS, 91(38), 333-334

Block, A., R.E. Bell, and M. Studinger. (2009). Antarctic crustal thickness from satellite gravity: Implications for the Transantarctic and Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 288(1-2), 194-203

MacGregor, J., K. Matsuoka, and M. Studinger. (2009). Radar detection of accreted ice over Lake Vostok, Antarctica Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 282, 222-233

MacGregor, J., K. Matsuoka, M.R. Koutnik, E.D. Waddington, M. Studinger, and D.P. Winebrenner. (2009). Millennially averaged accumulation rates for the Lake Vostok region inferred from deep internal layers Annals of Glaciology, 50(51), 25-34

Studinger, M., and P. Barrett. (2009). Tectonics: Antarctica sinking Nature Geoscience, 2(10), 671-672

Priscu, J., S. Tulaczyk, M. Studinger, M.C. Kennicutt II, B.C. Christner, and C.M. Foreman. (2008). Antarctic subglacial water: origin, evolution, and ecology, in: Polar Lakes and Rivers. In Warwick F. Vincent & Johanna Laybourn-Parry (Ed.), Limnology of Arctic and Antarctic Aquatic Ecosystems. (327). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Studinger, M., R.E. Bell, and N. Frearson. (2008). Comparison of AIRGrav and GT-1A airborne gravimeters for research applications Geophysics, 73(I51).

Bell, R., M. Studinger, C.A. Shuman, M.A. Fahnestock, and I. Joughin. (2007). Large subglacial lakes in East Antarctica at the onset of fast-flowing ice streams Nature, 445, 904-907

Bell, R.E., M. Studinger, M.A. Fahnestock, and C.A. Shuman (2006). Tectonically controlled subglacial lakes on the flanks of the Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains, East Antarctica Geophys. Res. Lett., 33(L02504), 4 pp