Jonathan Kingslake

I went to The University of York, UK, and did a Physics BSc. My final year project was on the nucleation of freezing in supercooled water, supervised by Dr Richard Keesing. We scattered a laser through droplets of supercooled water to observed freezing as it was initiated by the application of an electric field.

Between 2009 and 2013 I did PhD in glaciology in the Department of Geography, Sheffield University, supervised by Dr Felix Ng. My thesis was entitled 'Modeling ice-dammed lake drainage'. I used mathematical models to study how water flows beneath glacier.

Between 2013 and 2016, was a Glacier Geophysicist at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Cambridge, UK. I was employed on a NERC-funded project led by Richard Hindmarsh. We used radar and mathematical models to study present-day and past ice flow in West Antarctica. I conducted two two-month field seasons in the Weddell Sea Sector of Antarctica.

In March 2016 my wife and I moved from the UK and I started my current position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

My research is concerned with obtaining a better understanding of glacial processes to improve predictions of ice-sheet evolution.

I advise a group of students and post-docs using remote-sensing, mathematical modeling and fieldwork to better understand glacial processes.

Fields of Interest

glaciology, ice sheets


  • PhD Glaciology, University of Sheffield, UK, supervisor: Dr Felix Ng, Thesis title: modelling ice-dammed lake drainage
  • BSc Physics, University of York, UK

Spergel, J., J. Kingslake, T. Creyts, M. van Wessem, H. A. Fricker. Surface Meltwater Drainage and Ponding on the Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica, 1973-2019. Journal of Glaciology. 1-14. https://doi:10.1017/jog.2021.46

Fricker, H.A., P. Arndt, K.M. Brunt, R.T. Datta, Z. Fair, M.F. Jasinski, J. Kingslake, L.A. Magruder, M. Moussavi, A. Pope, J.J. Spergel, J.D. Stoll, B. Wouters. ICESat-2 Meltwater Depth Estimates: Application to Surface Melt on Amery Ice Shelf, East Antarctica. Geophysical Research Letters, 48(8),

Wearing, M.G., J. Kingslake, & M. G. Worster (2020) Can unconfined ice shelves provide buttressing via hoop stresses? Journal of Glaciology, 1–13.

Lai C.Y., J. Kingslake, M.G. Wearing, P-H. C. Chen, P. Gentine, H. Li, J. Spergel, M. van Wessem (2020) Vulnerability of Antarctica’s ice shelves to meltwater-driven fracture, Nature, 584(7822), 574–578.

Siegert, M, J., J. Kingslake, N. Ross, P. L. Whitehouse, J. Woodward, S.S.R. Jamieson, M. J. Bentley, K. Winter, M. Wearing, A. S. Hein, H. Jeofry, D. E. Sugden. (2019) Late Holocene Glacial History of the Weddell Sea Sector of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, Reviews of Geophysics, 57, 1197–1223.

Boghosian, A.L., M.J. Pratt, M.K. Becker, S.I. Cordero, T. Dhakal, J. Kingslake, C.D. Locke, K.J. Tinto, R.E. Bell (2019) Inside the ice shelf: using augmented reality to visualise 3D lidar and radar data of Antarctica. The Photogrammetric Record, 34(168), 346–364.

Stubblefield, A.G., T.T. Creyts, J. Kingslake & M. Spiegelman (2019) Modeling oscillations in connected glacial lakes. Journal of Glaciology, 65(253), 745–758.

Brisbourne, A.M., C. Martín, A.M. Smith, A.F. Baird, J.M. Kendall & J. Kingslake (2019) Constraining Recent Ice Flow History at Korff Ice Rise, West Antarctica, Using Radar and Seismic Measurements of Ice Fabric. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface. 124(1), 175–194.

Wearing, M.G. and J. Kingslake (2019) Holocene Formation of Henry Ice Rise, West Antarctica, Inferred from Ice‐Penetrating Radar. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface. 124, 8, 2224-2240,

Bell, R.E, A.F. Banwell, L.D. Trusel, J. Kingslake (2018) Antarctic surface hydrology and impacts on ice-sheet mass balance, Nature Climate Change, 8, 1044–1052 

Kingslake, J., R.P. Scherer, T. Albrecht, J. Coenen, R.D. Powell, R. Reese, N.D. Stansell, S. Tulaczyk, M.G. Wearing & P.L. Whitehouse (2018) Extensive retreat and re-advance of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during the Holocene. Nature, 558(7710), 430–434. (pdf)

Siegert, M., N. Ross, H.F.J. Corr, J. Kingslake & R.C.H. Hindmarsh (2013) Late Holocene ice-flow reconfiguration in the Weddell Sea sector of West Antarctica. Quat. Sci. Rev., 78, 98-107. (pdf)

Livingstone, S.J. , W. Chu, J.C. Ely & J. Kingslake (2017) Palaeofluvial and subglacial channel networks beneath Humboldt Glacier, Greenland. Geology, G38860-1. (pdf)

Bell, R.E., W. Chu, J. Kingslake, I. Das, M. Tedesco, K.J. Tinto, C.J. Zappa, M. Frezzotti, A. Boghosian & W.S. Lee (2017) Antarctic ice shelf potentially stabilized by export of meltwater in surface river. Nature, 544(7650), 344-348. (pdf)

Shackleton, C., H. Patton, A. Hubbard, M. Winsborrow, J. Kingslake, M. Esteves, K. Andreassen and S.L.  Greenwood, S.L. (2018) Subglacial water storage and drainage beneath the Fennoscandian and Barents Sea ice sheets. Quaternary Science Reviews, 201, 13–28, (pdf)