Matthew Sturm

Snow Ice Permafrost

Matthew Sturm came to Arctic in 1973 aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Northwind. That was his first experience with sea ice and tundra. After completing an undergraduate degree in Geology at New Mexico Tech (1978), he returned to Alaska in 1981 to study snow metamorphism for his Ph.D. (1987). Since that time, he has split his time between studying snow on tundra and on sea ice. He was employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory-Alaska from 1989 to 2013, and is now a Professor at the Geophyiscal Institute at the University of Alaska and the leader of the Snow-Ice-Permafrost Group. He has led over 30 expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic and is the author of more than 150 papers on snow and climate change, as well as the author/artist of a children’s book on snow. He is currently working on understanding processes controlling drifting snow.