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., Macfarlane, K., Cannon, S., Reid, D., and Koppes, M. (2018). Diversity in geoscience: participation, behaviour, and the scientific division of labour at a Canadian geoscience conference. FACETS.

Beaud, F., Venditti, J., Flowers, G., and Koppes, M. (2018) Excavation of tunnel valleys and inner gorges by seasonally-produced meltwater. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. doi: 10.1002/esp.4367.


McDowell, G. and Koppes, M. (2017). Robust adaptation research in high mountains: Integrating the scientific, social, and ecological dimensions of glacio-hydrological change. Water, special issue on Global Warming Impacts on Mountain Glaciers and Communities, 9(10):739. doi: 10.3390/w9100739

Dufresne, A., Geertsma, M., Shugar, D., Koppes, M., Higman, B., Haeussler, P., Stark, C., Venditti, J. (2017). Sedimentology and geomorphology of a large tsunamigenic landslide, Taan Fiord, Alaska. Sedimentary Geology, special issue on Geohazards.


Moyer, A.*, Moore, D. and Koppes, M. (2016). Streamflow response to the rapid retreat of a lake-calving glacier. Hydrological Processes, 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.


Koppes, M., Hallet, B., Rignot, E., Mouginot, J., Wellner, J.S., Boldt, K.B*. (2015). Observed latitudinal variations in erosion as a function of glacier dynamics. Nature 526, 100-103. doi:10.1038/nature15385


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.