Professional Experience

2018-Present: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, UM
2017-2018: Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, UM
2014-2017: Graduate research fellow, glaciology, Geophysical Institute, UAF
2011-2014: Post-graduate Researcher, glaciology, Dept. of Computer Science, UM
2009-2011: Graduate research assistant, glaciology, Dept. of Computer Science, UM
2007-2009: Researcher, fluvial geomorphology, Dept. of Geosciences, UM


2017: PhD, Geophysics, UAF

  • Thesis Title: Bayesian Methods in Glaciology
  • Advisor: Martin Truffer and Andy Aschwanden

2011: MS, Computer Science, UM

  • Thesis Title: Variational Methods in Ice Sheet Modelling
  • Advisor: Jesse V. Johnson, Professor, Dept. of Computer Science

2009: BS in Geology (High Honors, Mathematics Minor), UM

  • Thesis Title: Erosion and Deposition Following the Removal of Milltown Dam, Clark Fork River, Montana
  • Advisor: Andrew C. Wilcox, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Geosciences

2007: Graduate with honors, National Outdoor Leadership School, Palmer, AK


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Andy Aschwanden, Mark A. Fahnestock, Martin Truffer, Douglas J. Brinkerhoff, Regine Hock, Constantine Khroulev, Ruth Mottram, and S. Abbas Khan (2018), Contribution of the Greenland Ice Sheet to sea-level over the next millennium, Nature, submitted.

Brinkerhoff, D.J. and S. O’Neel (2017), Velocity variations at Columbia Glacier captured by particle filtering of oblique time-lapse images, arxiv, 1711.05366

Douglas Brinkerhoff, Martin Truffer, and Andy Aschwanden
Sediment transport drives tidewater glacier periodicity, Nature Communications, 8(90), doi:10.1038/s41467-017-00095-5

Farinotti, D., D. J. Brinkerhoff, +32 others (2017), How accurate are estimates of glacier ice thickness? Results from ITMIX, the Ice Thickness Models Intercomparison eXperiment, The Cryosphere, 11(2), doi: 10.5194/tc-11-949-2017.

Brinkerhoff, D. J., A. Aschwanden, and M. Truffer (2016), Bayesian inference of subglacial topography using mass conservation, Frontiers, 1-27, doi:10.3389/feart.2016.00008.

Brinkerhoff, D. J., C. R. Meyer, E. Bueler, M. Truffer, and T. Bartholomaus (2016), Inversion of a glacier hydrology model, Annals of Glaciology, 57(72), doi:10.1017/aog.2016.3.

Brinkerhoff, D. J. and Jesse V. Johnson (2015), Dynamics of thermally induced ice streams simulated with a higher-order flow model, Journal of Geophysical Research, 120(9), doi:10.1002/2015JF003499.

Meierbachtol, T. W., J. Harper, J. V. Johnson, N. Humphrey, and D. J. Brinkerhoff (2015), Thermal boundary conditions on western Greenland: Observational constraints and impacts of the modeled thermomechanical state, Journal of Geophysical Research, 120(3), doi:10.1002/20141JF003375.

Brinkerhoff, D. J. and Jesse V. Johnson (2015), A stabilized finite element method for calculating balance velocities in ice sheets, Geoscientific Model Development, 8, 1275-1283, doi:10.5194/gmd-8-1275-2015.

Brinkerhoff, D. J. and Jesse V. Johnson (2013), Data assimilation and prognostic whole ice-sheet modelling with the variationally derived, higher-order, open source, and fully parallel ice sheet model VarGlaS, The Cryosphere, 7(4), doi:10.5194/tc-7-1161-2013.

Brinkerhoff, D. J., T. W. Meierbachtol, Jesse V. Johnson, and Joel T. Harper (2011), Sensitivity of the frozen/melted basal boundary to perturbations of basal traction and geothermal heat flux: Isunnguata Sermia, western Greenland, Annals of Glaciology, 52(59), doi:10.3189/172756411799096330.

Technical Reports

Contributor to: The Greenland Analogue Project: Yearly Report 2011 (2012), Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co.

Contributor to: “The Greenland Analogue Project: Yearly Report 2010” (2011), Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co.

Grants and Awards

NSF Graduate Research Internship Program with USGS Alaska Science Center (2016)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2015)
Alaska Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship (2015, declined)
Center for Global Change Graduate Student Research Grant (2015)
Peter MacKeith Memorial Scholarship (2015)
Brian Zelenka Memorial Scholarship (2016)
Montana Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship (2009)
Montana Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Fellowship (2008)
Davidson Honors College Undergraduate Research Award (2008)
UM Geosciences Undergraduate Research Support Scholarship (2008)
Montana EPSCoR Undergraduate Research Award (2008)


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