The Ice & Climate Group is currently growing! Potential postdocs and graduate students who are interested in using creativity and curiosity to understand our changing natural world can contact Alex at robel (at) eas.gatech.edu. Graduate students should apply through the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences or the Program in Ocean Sciences and Engineering.
I was born in Miami, Florida (at ~4 feet above sea level) where I developed an early fascination with the puzzles within nature. As an undergraduate at Duke University, I studied Earth Sciences and Physics, and worked with Susan Lozier and Josh Socolar to develop stochastic/dynamical systems methods to understand transport and the propagation of uncertainty in the ocean. I went on to pursue a PhD in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard, where I was advised by Eli Tziperman and (externally) Christian Schoof. My dissertation focused on the theory and modeling of changes in ice stream flow and their connection to past periods of rapid deglaciation. I then worked with Victor Tsai at Caltech and Doug MacAyeal at the University of Chicago as a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow. Since 2018, I have been a faculty member in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech as the head of the Ice & Climate research group. Our work is focused on understanding the causes of ice sheet change and developing conceptual, mathematical, and computational tools to predict future changes.