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ABOUT ME

I completed my PhD in 2016 in the Department of Geography and Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University, Columbus OH. This was followed by a postdoctoral research position at Earth Lab and the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado (CU), Boulder CO. I am currently a Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

My research focuses on improving understanding of spatiotemporal variability and changes in alpine ecohydrology and the mountain cryosphere through the integration of field research, remote sensing and geospatial analysis. My interests can be broadly split into two primary themes. The first being processes and implications of global change within mountain environments. Specifically, glacier environmental change, mountain ecohydrology and water resources. The second theme is remote sensing and GIS, with a special focus on high resolution remote sensing and photogrammetry from unmanned aerial systems (UAS). This theme includes my engineering interest in the design, development and deployment of aerial imaging platforms and sensor suites for collecting high resolution observations of cryospheric and ecohydrologic process dynamics. Geographically my work has primarily focused on Andean Latin America, particularly Peru’s Cordillera Blanca. However, for my postdoctoral work I have expanded my research interests and activity to address similar questions in the Colorado Rockies, and now New Zealand’s Southern Alps.




Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

Antarctic Research Centre

Victoria University of Wellington

Email: oliver.wigmore@vuw.ac.nz