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.


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 2018

GEOB308 Quaternary and Applied Geomorphology Sections

Quaternary landscape development emphasizing the history of glaciation with special reference to western North America; applications of geomorphology in resource development and land management; interpretation of quaternary materials. Weekend field trips required.

Winter 2018

GEOB408 Snow and Ice Processes Sections

Formation of snow and ice masses and their evolution including snowpacks, glaciers, and ice sheets. Relationships between snow, ice, and climate including glacier dynamics and avalanche forecasting. Weekend field trip.