Greta Wells ’11, a geology and French studies double major, has been awarded a Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research grant to study in Iceland this year. Wells is pursuing a Ph.D. in geography at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation project investigates a series of glacial lake outburst floods (jökulhlaups) that drained from the Kjölur region in Iceland at the end of the last ice age. She will use geomorphologic, geochronological, and hydraulic modeling techniques to reconstruct flood timing, magnitude, and dynamics in the region. Results will place the Kjölur jökulhlaups into the broader context of Icelandic paleoenvironmental change and explore the use of these catastrophic events as an analogue for modern glacial lake outburst floods, both in Iceland and other Arctic and alpine regions across the globe. She will take up her Fulbright residency this summer and will be in Iceland for nine months.
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