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Joan J Fitzpatrick

Physical properties of glacier ice and the development of paleoclimate records from high-latitude ice caps and ice sheets. Microstructural modeling and dynamic recrystallization processes in glaciers and ice sheets.

Mentorship/Outreach

  • 1978-1984 Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Denver University

Professional Experience

  • Project Chief: Ice Dynamics, Paleoclimate, and Ice Cores

  • Physical properties of glacier ice and the development of paleoclimate records from high-latitude ice caps and ice sheets. Microstructural modeling and dynamic recrystallization processes in glaciers and ice sheets.

  • 1984-present Geologist / Physical Scientist, US Geological Survey

  • 1978-1984 Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science, Denver University

  • 1976-1978 Research Scientist, Colorado School of Mines Research Institute

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Geology, University of California, Berkeley, 1976

  • M.A. Geology, University of California, Berkeley, 1975

  • B.A. Geology, University of California, Berkeley, 1973 

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • American Meteorological Society

  • International Glaciological Society

  • American Geophysical Union

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow)

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government