Jeffrey Gunderson

Graduate Student/ Tinker Fellow

Jeffrey completed his undergraduate degree in geology at The College of Wooster in May of 2017. During his time as an undergraduate, his research interests ultimately became centered around the relationship between glaciers and climate, and understanding the impacts of glacier loss. This broad interest became manifesed through his participation in The Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) in 2015, where he primarily studied the stable water isotopes of Taku Glacier. Thereafter, he worked with his previous advisor, Dr. Greg Wiles, for two years in his dendrochronology lab. Culminating into a senior thesis, he leveraged a newly developed tree ring parameter, blue light intensity (BI), to model glacier mass balance into the Little Ice Age. Jeffrey also worked to date geomorphic features in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve using subfossil wood collected in the field. Moving forward, he is interested in glacial hydrology and very excited to bring a tree ring perspective to tropical glaciers in Peru. With funds provided by the Tinker Fellowship, Jeffrey conducted important research in the Peruvian Andes, where there is a rapidly growing need for a more complete understanding of climate change. Specifically, his fieldwork consisted of sampling cores from a new, undescribed species of Polylepis trees in the Cordillera Huaytapallana region of Peru. Gunderson's aim was/is to evaluate the relationship between the radial growth of this tree species and climate, which ultimately will allow us to assess if the annual growth rings can serve as a reliable proxy for past climate.

Areas of Expertise
  • Glacier Environmental Change
  • The College of Wooster (2017)