Scott Braddock

PhD candidate

Advisors:  Dr. Seth Campbell, Dr. Brenda Hall

Research Area:

I study past and current ice-volume changes 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 (and have in the past) to changes in the atmosphere and oceans. Ultimately, with this information we can better predict future changes in the climate and the resulting impacts on our planet and civilization. Currently, I am part of the on-going International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration and our team will use geologic evidence to put the rapid loss of ice volume in this region into an historical context.

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 around the Southern Patagonian Icefield.

Recent Publications

Braddock, S., Hall, B. L., Johnson, J. S., Balco, G., Spoth, M., Whitehouse, P. L., Campbell, S., Goehring, B. M., Rood, D. H., and Woodward, J.: Relative sea-level data preclude major late Holocene ice-mass change in Pine Island Bay, Nat. Geosci., accepted, 2022.

Johnson, J. S., Venturelli, R. A., Balco, G., Allen, C. S., Braddock, S., Campbell, S., Goehring, B. M., Hall, B. L., Neff, P. D., Nichols, K. A., Rood, D. H., Thomas, E. R., and Woodward, J.: Review article: Existing and potential evidence for Holocene grounding line retreat and readvance in Antarctica, The Cryosphere, 16, 1543–1562,, 2022.

Upcoming and Recent Projects:

Summer, 2022: Kahiltna Glacier, Denali National Park, Alaska. We will use ground-penetrating radar to determine the water content within snow and firn layers on the Kahiltna Glacier over an elevation transect to act as an analog for other mountain glaciers in the region.

JIRP-Upward Bound field camp, Juneau, Alaska. Working with Upward Bound high school students from around the U.S., we will facilitate a field season in Juneau, Alaska that aims to introduce students to a range of opportunities and experiences in the Earth Sciences through hands-on projects, field trips, and activities


Summer, 2021: Juneau Icefield, Alaska. As part of the Juneau Icefield Research Program, I participated on the program as teaching and research faculty member. Our goal is to work with students on a range of cryopshere-related projects that serve to teach new skills and to better quantify the rapid rate of change being experienced by the Juneau Icefield.

Coring to get an estimate of the annual snow depth



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. Check out the trip report.

Installing time-lapse cameras to monitor Tempanos Glacier


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. Check out the trip report and recent publication.

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:

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