Leigh A. Stearns

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geology
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Ritchie Hall
Room 354A
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


I joined the KU Department of Geology in 2009, after completing my Ph.D. in the Department of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine. My research focuses on outlet glacier dynamics in both Greenland and Antarctica, using satellite remote sensing techniques, field based observations, and numerical modeling.

In addition to maintaining an active research program and serving on a number of nation-wide committees to improve polar data acquisition and distribution, I teach several courses in the Department of Geology. These courses include environmental geology, geomorphology, glaciology and a number of independent studies and seminars. I am also very interested in climate education and literacy, at all ages.


Ph.D., Glaciology, University of Maine

M.S., Glaciology, The Ohio State University

B.A., Geology, Carleton College

Research Interests

  • Ice sheet mass balance
  • Glacier dynamics
  • Remote sensing
  • Geophysics
  • Geodesy
  • Climate change
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