Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Landscapes of Climate Change
Williams College, BA, Honours
University of Washington, MSc
University of Washington, 2007, PhD


I work at the intersection of climate science, glaciology, geomorphology and human adaptation and resilience . My research focuses on the formation of glaciated landscapes and landscape response to climate change, from the temperate regions of BC, the Andes and the Himalayas to the polar regions of Greenland and Antarctica. My team and I integrate field observations, spatial analysis, numerical modeling and theory to quantify the impacts of climate change on glaciers and landscapes and the people who live among them.


HIGMAN, B., SHUGAR, D., STARK, C., EKSTROM, G., KOPPES, M., LYNETT, P., DUFRESNE, A., HAEUSSLER, P., GEERTSEMA, M., GULICK, S., MATTOX, A., VENDITTI, J., WALTON, M., MCCALL, N., MCKITTRICK, E., MACINNES, B., BILDERBACK, E., TANG, H., WILLIS, M., RICHMOND, B., REECE, R., LARSEN, C., OLSON, B., CAPRA, J., AYCA, A., BLOOM, C., WILLIAMS, H., BONNO, D., WEISS, R., KEEN, A., SKANAVIS, V. and LOSO, M. 2018 ‘The 2015 landslide and tsunami in Taan Fiord, Alaska’ Nature Scientific Reports 8, 12993   DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-30475-w

KING, L., MACKENZIE, L., TADAKI, M., CANNON, S., MCFARLANE, K., REID, D. and KOPPES, M. 2018 ‘Diversity in geoscience: Participation, behaviour, and the division of scientific labour at a Canadian geoscience conference.’ FACETS

BEAUD, F., VENDITTI, J., FLOWERS, G. and KOPPES, M. 2018 ‘Excavation of subglacial bedrock channels by seasonal meltwater flow’ Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 43(9), 1960-1972,

DUFRESNE, A., GEERTSMA, M., SHUGAR, D., KOPPES, M., HIGMAN, B., HAEUSSLER, P., STARK, C., VENDITTI, J., BONNO, D., LARSEN, C., GULICK, S., MCCALL, N., WALTON, M., LOSO, M. and WILLIS, M. 2018 ‘Sedimentology and geomorphology of a large tsunamigenic landslide, Taan Fiord, Alaska’ Sedimentary Geology 364, 302-318,



MCDOWELL, G. and KOPPES, M. 2017 ‘Robust Adaptation Research in High Mountains: Integrating the Scientific, Social, and Ecological Dimensions of Glacio-Hydrological Change’ Water 9(10), 739,



MOYER, A., MOORE, D. and KOPPES, M. 2016 ‘Streamflow response to the rapid retreat of a lake-calving glacier’ Hydrological Processes 30(20), 3650-3665, doi: 10.1002/hyp.10890

CHERNOS, M., KOPPES, M. and MOORE, R. D. 2016 ‘Ablation from calving and surface melt at lake-terminating Bridge Glacier, British Columbia, 1984-2013’ The Cryosphere 10, 87–102, doi:10.5194/tc-10-87-2016.

JAEGER, J. and KOPPES, M. 2016 ‘The role of the cryosphere in source-to-sink systems’ Earth Science Reviews 153, 43-76,


KOPPES, M., HALLET, B., RIGNOT, E., MOUGINOT, J., WELLNER, J. S. and BOLDT, K. B. 2015 ‘Observed latitudinal variations in erosion as a function of glacier dynamics’ Nature 526(7571), 100-103, DOI: 10.1038/nature15385

KOPPES, M., RUPPER, S., ASAY, M. and WINTER-BILLINGTON, A. 2015 ‘Sensitivity of glacier runoff projections to baseline climate data in the Indus River Basin’ Frontiers in Earth Science 3(59), 10.3389/feart.2015.00059



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,


Winter 2019
No GEOB course(s) were found for W2019 term.Winter 2019
No GEOB course(s) were found for W2019 term.Winter 2019
No GEOB course(s) were found for W2019 term.