Duncan A Young

Duncan A Young
Research Scientist, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences

Email: duncan@ig.utexas.edu
Work: +1 512 471 0485
Office: ROC 2.268
Mailcode: R2200

Areas of Expertise

Polar remote sensing (especially areogeophysics), glaciology and geoscience. Member of the Europa Clipper project science group, a mission to Jupiters ocean world Europa. Lead for the Europa Clipper's radar instrument's (REASON) Science Data System and science requirements validation and verification. Ice-rock physical interactions in an ice cap context, tectonic evolution of the younger planetary crusts

Research Locations

Current Research Programs & Projects

International Collaborative Exploration of the Cryosphere through Airborne Profiling (ICECAP) ( view )

REASON (Radar for Europa Assessment and Sounding: Ocean to Near-Surface


Open Polar Radar

Select Past Research

Geophysical Investigations of Marie Byrd Land Evolution (GIMBLE)

Steering Group member, Antarchitecture action group, Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (2019 - Present)

Associate Editor for Geophysics, Advances in Polar Science, (2016 - Present)

Steering Committee member, Antarctic Digital Magnetic Anomaly Project Expert Group, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (2015 - Present)

Graduate Students

Shuai Yan (Committee Member)

Wei Wei (Committee Member)

Megan Kerr (Supervisor)

Enrica Quartini, Ph.D., 2018 (Co-supervisor)
University of Texas at Austin
Now at Cornell University's, Planetary Habitability and Technology Lab as a laboratory and field manager.

Marie Cavitte, Ph.D., 2017 (Committee Member)
University of Texas at AUustin
Now at Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium as a polar climate postdoc, after a stint in industry.

Brad Gooch, Ph.D., 2016 (Committee Member)

Jamin Greenbaum, Ph.D., 2015 (Committee Member)

Bruce Frederick, Ph.D., 2015 (Committee Member)

Graduate Positions

Antarctic airborne geophysics graduate student opportunity (5 years)
As part of the Center for Oldest Ice Exploration (COLDEX), we are looking for graduate students to participate in the airborne exploration of the South Pole-Dome A region of East Antarctica, as part of the search for the oldest ice record of climate yet found. We will use airborne ice penetrating radar, gravity, magnetics and laser altimetry to map out the structure of the ice sheet, and map out the underlying geology, to find regions where ice from the mid-Pleistocene (a critical transition point in recent climate history) remains undisturbed. Two field expeditions to Antarctica of eight weeks in duration are expected as part of COLDEX's aerogeophysical program, which will be conducted by Polar and Planetary Geophysics at the University of Texas institute for Geophysics, part of the Jackson School of Geosciences. We expect this work to be at Ph. D. level.

We are looking for students with an interest in complementing instrumental, operational and management experiences with research coupling geophysical observations to better understanding of ice sheet behavior in the hidden deep interior of Antarctica. COLDEX is committed to enhancing participation of under-represented groups in the Earth Sciences, and we strongly encourage individuals from these groups to apply. The nature of the Center will allow for broad interdisciplinary collaborations, and we favor applicants with broad research interests.

Please contact Duncan Young (duncan@ig.utexas.edu) for more information.