Nerd Night #16: Science on Ice

Introducing our Sixteenth Nerd Night on Thursday, March 21st:

Science on Ice

Contemplating a glacial cruise, trip to Alaska, ice climbing, or Antarctic adventure?  Don’t miss our next Nerd Night! 


Does extraterrestrial life exist on Mars or the icy moon Europa?  Much of our solar system and  planet are covered by gigantic ice sheets, but most of us have no idea about what’s going on inside of this bizarre winter world.  Join our team of visiting scientists from all around the world to learn about their facilitating Antarctic research of ice sheets, microbial life, glaciers, and the effects of climate change.  Stock up on fresh science and check out one of El Paso’s newest beer and burger joints:  Rockstar Burger Bar.

Nerd Night: Science on Ice is proudly sponsored by the T.I.M.E Research Group

Thwaites Interdisciplinary Margin Evolution

The TIME group studies the role of shear margin dynamics in the future evolution of Thwaites Drainage Basin.  TIME is an ice-based project using state-of-the-art geophysical techniques to observe rapidly deforming parts of Thwaites Glacier (shear margins) which may have significant control over future stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). The TIME project will observe rapidly deforming parts of Thwaites Glacier which may have significant control over the future evolution of WAIS, and use these new observations to improve ice sheet models used to predict future sea level rise.



  1. [Slawek Tulaczyk] – will explain how exploring deep antarctic microbial habitats will shed light on extra terrestrial life that might live on Mars or Europa.  Dr. Tulaczyk is a Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  He has a Ph.D. in Glaciology from California Institute of Technology. Over the last few decades he spent all together more than two years doing fieldwork on glaciers in Antarctica, Alaska, Greenland and Iceland. His research focuses on deep life habitats beneath ice sheets and on global sea level rise.
  2. [Dustin Schroeder] -will give us a window into ice sheets on Earth and icy moons in our solar system.  Dr. Schroeder is an Assistant Professor of Geophysics and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He studies the role that subsurface conditions play in the evolution and stability of continental ice sheets and their contribution to the rate of sea level rise.
  3. [Adam Booth]  –  will share news of the recent birth of a record-setting colossal iceberg (4 times the size of El Paso County). Dr. Booth is a Lecturer in Exploration Geophysics at the University of Leeds, UK. He is interested in the use of geophysical methods for determining the physical properties of subsurface material. Adams has conducted seismic and radar surveys around the world, but is particularly interested in the colder regions: he has undertaken deployments at both poles, most recently on Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf.
  4. [Jenny Suckale]  –  will help us visualize Antarctica in a changing climate.  With a PhD in Geophysics from MIT and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard, Dr. Suckale is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at Stanford University.  The goal of her research is to advance our basic understanding and predictive capabilities of complex multi-phase flows that are fundamental to Earth science. She pursues this goal by developing original computational methods customized for the problem at hand.



Seating is limited for this event!

Where: Rockstar Burger Bar

217 N Stanton St, El Paso, TX 79901


When: Thursday, March 21st at 7 pm

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