New Faculty In Geology and Glaciology


Lucas Zoet is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Iowa State University in the Department of Geologic and Atmospheric Sciences. 

In the Fall of 2015 Luke Zoet will join the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Assistant Professor of Geoscience in the Department of Geoscience.  Lucas received a B.S. in Geology with focus in Geophysics from Michigan State University in 2005, and then went on to earn a M.S and Ph.D. in Geosciences from Penn State University in 2009 and 2012, respectively.  He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Iowa State University in the Department of Geologic and Atmospheric Sciences, since 2012. While attending MSU, Lucas focused on shallow geophysics around the state of Michigan, which is dominated by glacial geomorphic landforms.  His interest in geophysics and glacial processes led him Penn State, where he completed a M.S. that concentrated on previously undetected seismicity around Antarctica.  Following his M.S. he completed a Ph.D. at PSU, which primarily focused on quantifying the mechanisms that facilitate the sliding of a glacier over its bed.  This work led him to Iowa State, where he has continued to concentrate on the quantification of subglacial processes. His research at ISU incorporates a newly designed experimental apparatus that slides ice over a range of simulated bed types in order to isolate and quantify variables pertaining to glacial sliding.  Lucas has spent significant time in the field including four seasons in Antarctica, two seasons in Iceland, and one season in Norway.  Lucas is primarily dedicated to combining quantitative field data with laboratory data in order to test and develop theoretical treatments that can be applied in the fields of glaciology and glacial geomorphology.  

From Shaun Marcott:  “My research interests span a broad range of geological and climatological questions largely related to late Quaternary climate change and dating glacial landscapes.  Specifically, my expertise is in the field of glacial geology and paleoclimatology with a firm rooting in geological, mathematical, and geochemical techniques.   I work with a number of paleoclimate archives including glacial deposits, marine sediment cores, and ice cores as well, and use numerical and statistical models to evaluate large data sets.  My work is primarily focused on understanding the interplay between climate and glaciers, and is useful in placing modern climate-glacier interactions into a prehistorical context for understanding modern and future changes. Part of the satisfaction I receive from my research comes from working on new approaches to long-standing problems, and the ability to devote considerable time in the outdoors and laboratory for conducting my research.”