Physical Scientist, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
U.S. Geological Survey
 
How Louis Sass got involved with U.S. Geological Survey
I originally found out about the program through my advisor at Alaska Pacific University, Dr. Michael Loso. He collaborates with Dr. Shad O'Neel, who is a glaciologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska.
 
Experience
Every time I get out on a glacier, it is unforgettable. From an aesthetic perspective, they are incredibly beautiful. From an intellectual perspective, they are fascinating. From a physical perspective, they provide endless challenges.
 
Louis Sass' accomplishments
I study glacier mass balance and flow dynamics, and the time lag between these, which is essentially the amount of time for the glacier to come into some sort of equilibrium after a change in climate. To do this I have studied mass balance on various glaciers around the state and applied mathematical models to understand the present flow field on one of these glaciers. I am nearing completion on a Masters degree in environmental science.
 
Louis Sass' next steps
I would like to continue glaciology research. That may be through the U.S. Geological Survey or through a PhD program.
 
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
School: Alaska Pacific University
Major: M.Sc Environmental Science