Associate Professor
Williams College, BA, Honours
University of Washington, MSc
University of Washington, 2007, PhD


My research focuses on landscape response to climate change, over the long term and over the recent past. Some of my current research projects focus on quantifying glacier change in response to warming climate and warming oceans, the landscape response to changing glacier dynamics, and the effects of climate change on meltwater resources in BC, Patagonia, Antarctica, Greenland and the Himalayas. I am fascinated with all rates of geomorphic change, particularly the effects of humans on the landscape and how we compare to other natural geomorphic agents such as glaciers and rivers.


CHAUCHÉ, N., HUBBARD, A., GASCARD, J.C., BOX, J., BATES, R., KOPPES, M., SOLE, A., CHRISTOFFERSON P. and PATTON, H. 2014 ‘Ice-ocean interaction and calving front morphology at two west Greenland tidewater outlet glaciers’ The Cryosphere 8, 1457-1468



BOLDT, K., NITTROUER, C., HALLET, B., KOPPES, M., FORREST, B., WELLNER, J. and ANDERSON, J. 2013 ‘Modern rates of glacial sediment accumulation along a 15° S-N transect: the fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula to Southern Chile’ Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface 118(4), 2072-2088

CHAUCHÉ, N., HUBBARD, A., GASCARD, J.C., BOX, J., BATES, R., KOPPES, M., SOLE, A. and PATTON, H. 2013 ‘Ocean properties, ice-ocean interactions, and calving front morphology at two major west Greenland glaciers’ The Cryosphere Discussions 7(6), 5579-5611

GEIGER, B. and KOPPES, M. 2013 ‘Extreme Ice. National Geographic Explorer’ Pioneer Edition 12(4), 16-23



XU, Y., RIGNOT, E., MENEMENIS, D. and KOPPES, M. 2012 ‘Numerical experiments on subaqueous melting of Greenland tidewater glaciers in response to ocean warming and enhanced subglacial runoff’ Annals of Glaciology 53(60), 229-234

STRANEO, F., SUTHERLAND, D., HOLLAND, D., GLADISH, C., HAMILTON, G., JOHNSON, H., RIGNOT, E., XU, Y. and KOPPES, M. 2012 ‘Characteristics of ocean waters reaching Greenland’s glaciers’ Annals of Glaciology 53(60), 202-210

RIVERA, A., KOPPES, M., BRAVO, C. and ARAVENA, J.C. 2012 ‘Little Ice Age advance and retreat of Glaciar Jorge Montt, Chilean Patagonia’ Climate of the Past 8, 403-414 DOI 10.5194/cp-8-403-2012



KOPPES, M., RASMUSSEN, A., CONWAY, H. and CHERNOS, M. 2011 ‘Deriving mass balance variations and calving variations from reanalysis data and sparse observations, Glaciar San Rafael, northern Patagonia, 1950-2005’ The Cryosphere 5, 791-808 DOI 10.5194/tc-5-791-2011

RIVERA, A., KOPPES, M., BRAVO, C. and ARAVENA, J.C. 2011 ‘Little Ice Age advance and retreat of Glacier Jorge Montt, Chilean Patagonia, recorded in maps, aerial photographs and dendrochronology’ Climate of the Past Discussions 7, 3131-3164 DOI 10.5194/cpd-7-3131-2011



KOPPES, M., SYLWESTER, R., RIVERA, A. and HALLET, B. 2010 ‘Sediment yields over an advance-retreat cycle of a calving glacier, Laguna San Rafael, North Patagonian Icefield’ Quaternary Research 73(1), 84-95

RIGNOT, E., KOPPES, M. and VELICOGNA, I. 2010 ‘Rapid submarine melting of the calving faces of west Greenland glaciers’ Nature Geoscience 3, 187-191