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Roman Motyka, Ph.D.

Research Professor Emeritus, Geophysical Institute, UAF 
Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Environmental Sciences




Ph.D. Geology and Geophysics, 1983, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK
Doctoral Dissertation: Increases and fluctuations in thermal activity at Mount Wrangell, Alaska, determined from glacier melt and mass balance.

M.S. Physics, 1966, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

B.A. Physics, 1964, St. Mary's University, Winona, MN
Honors thesis title: Construction of a mass spectrometer.

Curriculum vitae (PDF|48Kb)Complete list of publications (PDF|114Kb)


  • Tidewater glacier dynamics (LeConte, Taku, and Hubbard Glaciers, SE Alaska; Jakobshavn Isbrae, Greenland)
  • Thinning of Mendenhall Glacier and disintegration of its calving terminus in Mendenhall Lake, SE Alaska
  • Uplift, isostatic rebound, and plate tectonics in Southeast Alaska (NSF)
  • Contribution of Alaska glaciers to global sea level raise (NASA)
  • Developing ice-load models for Glacier Bay and for the Yakutat Icefield, SE Alaska (NASA)


Selected Publications

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