Evelyn Powell


I am a postdoctoral research scientist studying ice sheet-solid Earth interactions. In particular, I investigate the effects of 3-D Earth structure on sea level, geodetic observations, and inferences of local solid Earth properties. I developed my passion for Earth Sciences in general and Antarctica in particular via undergraduate research; using datasets collected during my Antarctic fieldwork I worked to expand our understanding of the ice sheet and its subglacial conditions.

A native Austinite, I studied Physics & Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Boston, MA to pursue a Ph.D. with Prof. Jerry X. Mitrovica at Harvard University. I am now working at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in tandem with Profs. Jim Davis and Jacky Austermann. When not in the office, you’ll find me rock climbing, practicing tai chi, or watching delightfully terrible movies.

Research Interests

  • Geophysics & Geodesy: Earth Structure and rheology
  • Glacial Isostatic Adjustment: Ice sheet dynamics and sea-level change
  • Archaeology: Paleoshorelines and human migration

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Harvard University

Ph.D. Earth and Planetary Sciences

University of Texas at Austin

B.S. Physics, B.A. Liberal Arts