Fire and Ice: Snow Albedo and Our Future

Dr. Mary Albert

Dr. Mary Albert is Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering, in Hanover, New Hampshire. Mary’s research involves heat, mass, and electromagnetic transfer in porous media, especially snow and firn. Mary and her students investigate air-snow transfer on the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets for understanding climate and ice core interpretation. She has led and participated in many science expeditions in Greenland and Antarctica, the most recently as Chief Scientist on the Norwegian-US Scientific Traverse of East Antarctica.

In addition, Dr. Albert is the Executive Director for the US Ice Drilling Program Office ( In this capacity Mary interacts with ice science researchers at universities across the country on strategic long term planning for ice science. She also works with partners at UNH and U Wisconsin-Madison’s Ice Drilling Design & Operations group to provide ice drilling technology for scientists funded by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Albert received her Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences from the University of California San Diego in 1992. She received a B.E. and M.E. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth in 1983, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Penn State in 1975. She was the recipient of the Army R&D Award in 1989, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Women in Science Achievement Award in 1996, U.S. Army Commander's Award for Civilian Service in 1999, and many Army EEO, Performance, and Special Act awards. From 2003-2005, Dr. Albert served as Chair of the U.S. National Committee for the International Polar Year, a committee of the National Research Council Polar Research Board.

Alden Adolph

Alden is currently a PhD Candidate working with Dr. Mary Albert at the Thayer School of Engineering, studying snow physics. Alden received her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Dartmouth and decided to continue her educational career there. Alden's work focuses on the physics of surface snow as well as firn (old snow in glaciers and ice sheets). She has worked on projects in Greenland and locally in the state of New Hampshire. Alden is originally from New Orleans, LA and when she is not out in the field measuring snow or working at her computer, she enjoys hiking, ice skating and playing guitar.

Linda Morris
Linda Morris

Linda is committed to turning kids on to science….a goal she has pursued through a variety of “extreme” career roles, from donning a space flight suit to investigating the poles! In her current position as Director of Education & Public Outreach for the NSF-funded Ice Drilling Program Office, she is responsible for the outreach needs of the scientists, drillers and national projects currently conducting paleoclimate research through ice cores.

Linda was formerly the Center Director and Director of Education for the Buehler Challenger & Science Center (Paramus, NJ), where she led program development, training and strategic planning efforts, serving teachers and students from a tri-state area. She has designed and delivered professional development seminars for the Merck Institute for Science Education and the NASA Explorer School Program, and acted as an evaluator for UPenn’s Center for Policy Research in Education team.

In her earlier career, she spent ten years as a science specialist at the middle school level and consulted on the design of multiple distance learning programs in Geoff Haines-Stiles’ “Passport to Knowledge” and “…Palooza” series. Linda has a degree in biology from Middlebury College and a Masters in Science Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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