Lucas Zoet

zoet_headLucas Zoet 
Assistant Professor 
Glaciology and Glacial Geomorphology 


Office:  Weeks Hall 256


Quaternary and Glacial Group

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My primary interest is in glacial processes.  I study glacial process through a combination of glaciology and glacial geomorphology.   I use tools from geophysics and glacial geology to study processes in the field and computationally.  I also use tools from rock mechanics and geotechnical analysis to investigate glacial processes in a laboratory setting.   I conduct fieldwork in places like Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and the upper midwest to understand how glaciers interact with their beds.  What are the mechanics of sliding and what types of glacial landforms are left behind once the glaciers retreat.  I’m 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.

Topics that are of special interest to me are:

Glacial Seismicity

Laboratory investigation of glacier sliding and ice deformation

The use of ground penetrating radar on glacial deposits and on glaciers

Geospatial trends in glacial landforms

The history of the late-Wisconsin glaciation in midwest

The mechanics of glacial erosion