Mark Carey

Mark specializes in environmental history and the history of science. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis, and held a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Geography department at the University of California, Berkeley. Mark is currently a professor of history and environmental studies in the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. He is also Director of the Environmental Studies Program. Click here for his his full faculty webpage .

Mark’s research has focused on several topics: glacier-society interactions, climate change, natural disasters, mountaineering, water, and health/medicine. His goal is to understand dynamic interactions among people, knowledge systems, environmental perceptions, and natural processes — and his interdisciplinary research links many fields, from history and geography to glaciology and climatology, medicine and recreation.  His research is currently funded by a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant on “Glaciers and Glaciology: How Nature, Field Research, and Societal Forces Shape the Earth Sciences.” He is also working on a collaborative NSF grant on The Impact of Oceanic Forcing on the Melting of West Antarctic Peninsula Glaciers.” These projects have expanded the research Mark has been doing for nearly two decades in the Peruvian Andes to the Polar Regions, where he is currently completing a book on icebergs in the North Atlantic.

Jordan Barton

Jordan is a junior undergraduate in the Clark Honors College majoring in Biology and minoring in Legal Studies and Chemistry. She joined the Glacier Lab after working as a research assistant for Mark Carey during the Summer of 2019. This research focused on icebergs and society, as well as glacier protection strategies. Outside of the classroom, you can find her hiking with her mini poodle, dancing, or in the pilates studio.
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Hayley Brazier

Hayley is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on marine environmental history and oceanic law (co-advised by Mark Carey and Marsha Weisiger). In addition to teaching environmental history courses, Hayley works as the program coordinator for the Digital Humanities at UO. Hayley received an MA from Colorado State University in 2013 and a BA from the University of Kansas in 2010. Between 2012 and 2015, she wrote a book-length history of a Colorado mutual ditch company while working at the Public Lands History Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. While her recent research has been in environmental history, Hayley also has a background in public history, including museum studies and historic preservation.
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Holly Moulton

Holly is a first-year PhD student in Environmental Sciences, Studies and Policy at the University of Oregon (advised by Mark Carey), focusing on the effects of climate change induced glacier melt on conflicting uses of water and contested water rights in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca. Holly recently completed a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies at Stanford University, where she studied the ecological and social effects of climate change and water scarcity in the Andes. She received her BA in Government and International Relations from Cornell University in 2011, and taught 3rd grade bilingual education for Teach for America immediately following graduation. After Teach for America, Holly worked in healthcare consulting and grant writing in Colorado, cultivating an enduring interest in the particular challenges that mountain communities face. Holly spent the summer of 2017 on a collaborative project with the University of Zurich, Switzerland, researching social conflicts related to climate change adaptation measures at three glacial lakes in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca, as well as participating in a training course regarding integrated management of water resources in high mountain systems.
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Mackenzie Myers

Mackenzie is a freshman undergraduate student at the University of Oregon and Clark Honors College majoring in environmental studies with a minor in ethics. He joined the glacier lab in February of 2018 as a research assistant for Mark Carey, focusing on icebergs in the North Atlantic and their impact on society. When not in the classroom, Mackenzie spends as much time as he can connecting with the outdoors through hiking, skiing, kayaking, and climbing. He loves teaching and sharing his joy of the outdoors with others, leading him to pursue a certificate in Outdoor Leadership through the Outdoor Pursuits Program at the University of Oregon. Mackenzie has fallen in love with the wonder and mystique of the Pacific Northwest, and is excited to spend his undergraduate years in such a beautiful place.
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oliviamoldenMichael Madden

Michael is a first-year Master’s student in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Oregon (advised by Mark Carey). His research focuses on the effects of climate change on mountain cultures and societies, with particular interests in North America and the francophone world. Prior to joining the Glacier Lab in 2018, Michael worked as a high-altitude mountain guide based in Seattle, WA and as a climbing ranger, mountain rescue technician, and backcountry ski ranger for the National Park Service. In addition to his research, he has been pursuing his international mountain guide license and professional avalanche forecaster credentials since 2014. Michael earned a BA in French culture studies and a BAS in environmental education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. For his Master’s thesis, he is currently studying the impact of environmental change in the North Cascades of Washington State on the character of alpine experiences by outdoor recreation users. His other research projects include examining how mountain landscapes helped shape French national identity, as well as the impact of alpine landscape change on traditional Moroccan people.
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oliviamoldenOlivia Molden

Olivia is a doctoral student (advised by Katie Meehan) in the Geography Department at the University of Oregon studying water security in the Himalayas. Olivia grew up in South Asia and after graduating from the Overseas School of Colombo moved to the United States to attend Whitman College where she majored in Environmental Sociology. She obtained an M.A. in Geography at the University of Oregon after conducting her thesis research on the use and management of Kathmandu’s ancient stone spout (hiti or dhunge dhara) system. Olivia’s current work brings together science and technology studies, political ecology, and participatory mapping to understand the cultural dimensions of water, expertise, and technology.
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Zac Provant

Zac Provant is a first-year PhD Student in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Oregon (advised by Mark Carey). His research investigates how mountain communities are responding to changing snow conditions. In addition, he will use multimedia as a tool to document and communicate the significance of these changes. Prior to the University of Oregon, Zac received a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, spent three seasons working for the US Forest Service in the Frank Church Wilderness Area, and worked as a snow-sports videographer. In his free time, you can find Zac attempting to exhaust his border collie through backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and backpacking.
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Sakina Shahid

Sakina is a senior undergraduate at the University of Oregon, pursuing an Environmental Science degree with minors in Philosophy and Earth Science. She joined the Glacier Lab in Fall 2019, and worked on understanding how changing ice affects local practices in the Antarctic region. She is a co-director of a direct action environmental group on campus and is interested in issues of global climate justice. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling and likes to go hiking, camping, and ice skating.
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Lab Alumni

  • Alessandro Antonello, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Augustine Beard, US Forest Service fire fighter
  • Hannah Fuller, Research Associate, Opus Search Partners
  • M Jackson, National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer
  • Lincoln James, undergraduate student, Clark Honors College
  • Josie Kinney, world traveler
  • Becca Marshall, Peace Corps in Gambia
  • Sean Munger, CentricLaw, Climate Change Legal Consultant, Portland, OR
  • Jaclyn Rushing, graduate student, Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University
  • Andrea Willingham, communications coordinator at CREATE