Joshua Carmichael is a PhD candidate in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) at the University of Washington in Seattle studying geophysics. He is advised by Ian Joughin from APL’s Polar Science Center, and Erin Pettit with the University of Fairbanks, Alaska. Josh is principally involved in two projects, each involving the physical interaction of ice and water in polar environments. A common theme in his research is the interpretation of passively recorded seismic signals to characterize sources of glacial motion.
Josh graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington State University in May 2004 with a B.S. in physics. His focus as an undergraduate was in shock wave propagation in novel alloys at the Institute for Shock Physics. He spent his first year at UW in the Applied Mathematics department where he obtained a Masters degree. In 2005 he entered the Geophysics program, where he has worked on several seismic field experiments, including the CAFÉ experiment, and the Ice Cliffs project in the Dry Valleys.
Aside from science, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife, outdoor recreation, and the seeing local punk rock shows.