Matthew R. Siegfried

Assistant Professor
Department of Geophysics

Curriculum Vitae, Google Scholar


Matt is a glaciologist who uses satellite remote sensing techniques in combination with field-based and airborne geophysical methods to understand physical processes of Earth’s glaciers and ice sheets. He runs the Mines Glaciology Laboratory, where the team collects and synthesizes ground-, air-, and space-based datasets in an effort to span the spatial (centimeters to 100s of km) and temporal (minutes to centuries) on which these processes occur. He is particularly interested in processes at the ice-bed interface, which lies hidden beneath 10s to 1000s of meters of ice at the intersection between glaciology, hydrology, geology, microbiology, and oceanography. He strives to work with a diverse set of researchers to create a unique perspective on the role of subglacial processes within the larger global Earth system. As a polar scientist, Matt is also committed to maintaining an open discussion of the changing cryosphere, having collaborated with institutions ranging from local elementary schools to the U.S. State Department in an effort to facilitate our conversation about the local, regional, and global impacts of changes at the Earth’s poles. 


  • B.A. in Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, 2008
  • M.S. in Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College, 2010
  • PhD in Earth Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2015


  • Subglacial hydrology
  • Ice-ocean interaction
  • Grounding zone dynamics
  • Geophysical surveying of ice streams
  • Air- and space-borne laser altimetry

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Selected Recent Publications

See the Publications page for a complete list of publications.

  • Smith, B., H. A. Fricker, A. S. Gardner, B. Medley, J. Nilsson, F. S. Paolo, N. Holschuh, S. Adusumilli, K. Brunt, B. Castho, K. Harbeck, T. Markus, T. Neumann, M. R. Siegfried and H. J. Zwally, 2020. Pervasive ice sheet mass loss reflects competing ocean and atmosphere processes, Science, in press, doi:10.1126/science.aaz5845.
  • Jordan, T., D. Schroeder, C. Elsworth and M. R. Siegfried, 2020. Estimation of ice fabric within Whillans Ice Stream using polarimetric phase-sensitive radar sounding, Annals of Glaciology, in press, doi:10.1017/aog.2020.6.
  • Begeman, C., S. Tulaczyk, L. Padman, M. King, M. R. Siegfried, T. Hodson and H. A. Fricker, 2020. Tidal pressurization of the ocean cavity near an Antarctic ice shelf grounding line, Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans, 125(4), doi: 10.1029/2019JC015562.
  • MacKie, E. J., D. M. Schroeder, J. Caers, M. R. Siegfried and C. Schheidt, 2020. Antarctic topographic realizations and geostatistical modeling used to map subglacial lakes, Journal of Geophysica Research – Earth Surface, 125(3), doi: 10.1029/2019JF005420.
  • Schroeder, D. M., J. A. Dowdeswell, M. J. Siegert, R. G. Bingham, W. Chu, E. J. MacKie, M. R. Siegfried, K. I. Vega, J. R. Emmons and K. Winstein, 2019. Multidecadal observations of the Antarctic ice sheet from restored analog radar records, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(38), 18867–18873, doi:10.1073/pnas.1821646116.
  • Tinto, K., L. Padman, C. Siddoway, S. Springer, H. A. Fricker, I. Das, F. C. Tontini, D. Porter, N. Frearson, S. Howard, M. R. Siegfried and et al., 2019. Ross Ice Shelf response to climate driven by the tectonic imprint on seafloor bathymetry, Nature Geoscience, 12, 441–449, doi:10.1038/s41561-019-0370-2.
  • Siegfried, M. R. and H. A. Fricker, 2018. Thirteen years of subglacial lake activity in Antarctica from multi-mission altimetry, Annals of Glaciology, 59(76), 42–55, doi:10.1017/aog.2017.36.
  • Adusumilli, S., H. A. Fricker, M. R. Siegfried, L. Padman, F. Paolo and S. Ligtenberg, 2018. Basal melt rates of Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves from satellite radar altimetry, 1994–2016, Geophysical Research Letters, 45(9), 4086–4095, doi:10.1002/2017GL076652.
  • Padman, L., M. R. Siegfried and H. A. Fricker, 2018. Ocean tide influences on ice sheet processes, Reviews of Geophysics, 56(1), 142–184, doi:10.1002/2016RG000546.
  • Siegfried, M. R., B. Medley, K. Larson, H. A. Fricker and S. Tulaczyk, 2017. Snow accumulation variability on a West Antarctic ice stream observed with GPS reflectometry, 2007–2017, Geophysical Research Letters, 44(15), 7808–7816, doi:10.1002/2017GL074039.

matthew siegfried

924 16th Street
Green Center, Room 255
Department of Geophysics
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401