Ethan's research includes extracting high-resolution time series of tidewater glacier dynamics from time-lapse photographs, harnessing crowdsourcing platforms to tackle some of his difficult-to-automate image processing needs, and evaluating internet photo collections as records of subtle landscape changes. A side project, building an inventory of Boulder urban arable land with corresponding yield estimates, was supported in 2011-2012 by a CU Green Fund Scholarship. He is also an award-winning photographer.
Travis received his M.S. in 2014 and now works as a research hydrologist with USGS in Boulder. His work focused on how permafrost decomposes when it thaws, and he found that large quantities of biodegradable carbon in permafrost will ultimately be respired to carbon dioxide and escape to the atmosphere, thereby augmenting ongoing Arctic climate warming. After spending summers at field sites in Siberia and Alaska, Travis finds the sound of mosquitos buzzing around his ears to be meditative.