Ginny Catania

Ginny Catania
Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
Research Associate, Institute for Geophysics, Jackson School of Geosciences

William T. Stokes Centennial Teaching Fellowship in Geological Sciences

Work: +1 512 471 0403
Office: ROC 2.258, ROC
Mailcode: R2200

Dr. Catania's research involves understanding ice sheet and glacier changes both from natural variability and climate forced variability. This involves improving the observational data sets that quantify cyrosphere change but also focusing on improved understanding of the dynamical processes that control ice flow. In particular, her research focuses on basal processes, the flow of water on top of, through and beneath ice and understanding the history of ice motion so that modern ice sheet changes can be put into context.

The main research tools used by Catania's research group include ice-penetrating radar to image internal layers in the ice and quantify the properties of the basal interface; simple kinematic models to interpret internal layer stratigraphy; GPS to measure changes in ice motion; borehole observations to directly sense the englacial and subglacial environment; remote sensing of ice sheet changes and physical models to reproduce ice dynamical processes in the laboratory.

Areas of Expertise

Ice sheet mass balance, ice dynamics, subglacial hydrology, ice sheet stratigraphy, radar, GPS methods, uncertainty in ice sheet response to climate.

Research Locations

Current Research Programs & Projects

In-situ measurement of Greenland subglacial hydrology ( view )Analogue models of ice dynamics ( view )Radiostratigraphy of the Greenland Ice Sheet ( view )Ice-ocean interactions in Greenland ( view )

I am always looking for enthusiastic students who have specific research interests in understanding glacier-water interactions and improving our knowledge of ice dynamics. I am particularly interested in students who have experience with remote sensing programs (ENVI, Arc) and programming experience in Matlab. I am also open to co-advising students interested in climate-glacier interactions, paleo-climate in glaciated regions, uncertainty quantification, and hydrology in glacier regions.

Graduate Students

Sophie A Goliber , Ph.D., expected 2022 (Supervisor)
Sophie Goliber has been a Geological Sciences PhD student at UTIG since August 2017. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Buffalo where she got into remote sensing and glaciology research. Her fascination with the cryosphere drew her to UTIG and working with Ginny Catania who shared her interests in using remote sensing methods and optical remote sensing...

Lauren C Andrews , Ph.D., expected 2014 (Supervisor)

Elizabeth S Curry-Logan , Ph.D., expected 2014 (Supervisor)

2020Spring GEO 191 Proposal Writing
2019Fall GEO 391 Dynamics Of Polar Systems
2019Fall GEO 371T Dynamics Of Polar Systems
2019Spring GEO 191 Proposal Writing
2019Spring GEO 303E Earth In 2100-Wb
2018Fall GEO 291 Preparing Future Faculty
2018Spring GEO 191 Proposal Writing
2018Spring GEO 302K Earth In 2100-Wb
2017Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2017Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2016Fall GEO 391 Introduction To The Cryosphere
2016Fall GEO 191 Prep Future Geosci Faculty
2016Fall GEO 349C Intro To The Cryosphere
2016Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Glaciology
2016Spring GEO 191 Cryosphere Reading Seminar
2015Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Geological Sciences
2015Fall GEO 391 Ice Dynamics
2015Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Glaciology
2014Fall GEO 394 Rsch In Glaciology
2014Fall GEO 391 Introduction To The Cryosphere
2014Fall GEO 371T Introduction To The Crysophere
2014Spring GEO 394 Rsch In Glaciology