Scott Braddock

Advisors:  Dr. Seth Campbell, Dr. Brenda Hall

Research Area:

I study past and current climate change in Antarctica, Patagonia and Alaska. With the aid of ground-penetrating radar, other geophysical methods and a range of paleoclimate proxies, we can better understand how glaciers are reacting to changes in the atmosphere and oceans. Ultimately, with this information we can better predict future changes in the climate and resulting impacts on our planet and civilization.

Additionally, I have worked several years as a conservationist in Patagonia and Costa Rica with Round River Conservation Studies. My interests also include the connections between the cryosphere and biosphere as they are intricately linked around the world.  Especially so in fast-changing ecosystems such as the Southern Patagonian Icefield.

Recent and future Work:

Fall, 2019: Southern Patagonian Icefield, Chile: A small team will join the Chilean park service (CONAF) on a trip to Bernardo Fjord on the western flank of the Southern Patagonian Icefield to better understand ice/ocean interactions on rapidly-retreating tidewater glaciers.

Packrafting in Bernardo Fjord on a rare sunny day.


Spring, 2019: Thwaites Glacier, Antarctica: Cruise to Pine Island and Thwaites glacier aboard the NB Palmer. This was the first field season for research around the Thwaites glacier system as a small piece of the larger five-year International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration between the UK and US.

The team from UMaine and BAS sample organic materials from raised beaches. The NB Palmer watches over in the background. Photo Credit: James Kirkham

Additional Information:

Office: Sawyer 119