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Our Team

The Monash Ice Sheet Initiative (MISI) is an interdisciplinary group of glaciologists and geologists with a common interested in the cryosphere in a changing climate.
Find out more about our team members below.


Prof. Andrew Mackintosh

Head of the School of Earth Atmosphere and Environment

Andrew is interested in the large-scale interactions between glaciers, ice sheets and the climate system. He has worked extensively on the Antarctic Ice Sheet and New Zealand glaciers, as well as the Greenland Ice Sheet and glaciers in Iceland and South America.



Dr Felicity McCormack

Research Fellow

Felicity is ice sheet modeller with a focus on processes that lead to ice mass loss from Antarctica. Her research has investigated the impacts of climate variability and change on Antarctica, and the role of ice deformation in the large-scale flow of Antarctic glaciers.


Dr Richard Selwyn Jones

Research Fellow

Richard's research primarily focuses on the behaviour of ice sheets and glaciers in the geological past, using a combination of geochronological and numerical modelling approaches. He has worked in Antarctica, Greenland, Europe and New Zealand.



Dr Ross Whitmore

Research Fellow

Ross is interested in the Earth system, from plate tectonics to the cryosphere. His work has focused on Antarctic glacier thinning during the Holocene using terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides, and the tectonic development of Laurentia during the Paleozoic.



Dominic Saunderson

PhD Candidate

Dominic's interests lie in better understanding the relationship between the cryosphere and the climate, specifically regarding glacial hydrology, albedo and mass balance. His PhD project is investigating the occurrence and behaviour of supraglacial meltwater in Antarctica.


Jessica Macha

PhD Candidate

Jess is interested in better understanding the drivers of changes in Antarctic climate, specifically the way large-scale atmospheric circulation influences the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Her PhD project involves using  climate proxies to investigate paleo atmospheric circulation in Southern Hemisphere high latitude regions.

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Cari Rand

PhD Candidate

Cari Rand is interested in using cosmogenic radionuclides to examine processes of ice-sheet retreat and subglacial erosion. His PhD project focuses on recreating the past geometry of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.


Lawrence Bird

PhD Candidate

Lawrence is interested in better understanding the complex controls on ice shelf stability in East Antarctica. His research focuses on sub-glacial hydrology, ice-ocean interactions, and understanding ice sheet dynamics through ice sheet modelling.

Past Members

Isabel Wright

Honours project on 'Evaluating the role of bed topography in controlling past ice sheet retreat in Antarctica'

Join Our Team

Please contact us if you are interested in joining the Monash Ice Sheet Initiative (MISI).

Earth's systems impact everyone, irrespective of ethnicity, gender, age, religion, neurodiversity, identity and experience. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace culture, and value the many benefits offered by a diverse group of researchers.


We have various PhD projects on the past, present and future behaviour of glaciers and ice sheets. These are focused on geochronology, remote sensing, numerical modelling and/or data assimilation.

We are currently seeking someone to do projects on:

Investigating the mechanisms controlling ice flow in Antarctica (click for details).

Pre-Industrial glacial history of the Antarctic Ice Sheet and sub-Antarctic (x3).


Please send us your CV, academic transcripts, and a cover letter outlining your background and research interests.

How to apply  |  Living in Melbourne


We do not currently have any postdoctoral positions available.

We are happy to discuss project ideas if you are interested in applying for a fellowship.

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