Lab Members

Eric Rignot
Donald Bren Professor of Earth System Science, Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Chair of the Department.     +1 949 824 3739

Eric (Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, USC and Engineer from Ecole Centrale Paris, France) is an expert on polar ice sheets and the effects of global climate change on the cryosphere. He joined UCI in 2007, from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he continues to serve as a Senior Research Scientist. He uses satellites, airborne platforms, field data (oceanographic surveys) and computer models (JPL/UCI ISSM and MITgcm) to understand the dynamics of glacier ice along the coasts of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets and in Alaska and Patagonia. His research has documented acceleration of ice loss in these places as a result of climate change and the importance of ice-ocean interaction in driving these glacier systems out of balance more rapidly than previously thought possible.

Jeremie Mouginot
Associate Researcher, also now at Institut des Geosciences de l’Environment (IGE), Grenoble France
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Jeremie (Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Grenoble, France) has worked with ground penetrating radar in polar regions and Mars for several years. He joined our group in 2008 and has been the technical leader of the MEASURES-1, 2 and 3 projects to develop and distribute ice motion and grounding line products for the Antarctic Ice Sheet. He is an expert in SAR interferometry for glaciology applications. Jeremie works currently on the MEASURES-3 NASA project to generate ice velocity and grounding line products for Antarctica. A similar set of products has also been generated for Greenland. Jeremie is now only part time at UCI and is pursing his independent research career at IGE in France.

Bernd Scheuchl
Project Scientist
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Bernd (Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada) has many years of experience in the field of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) remote sensing. He specializes in SAR interferometry and polarimetry and worked in industrial and academic environments in Europe and North America. Bernd worked  on MEASURES-1, 2 and 3, a NASA-funded project to generate ice velocity and grounding line products for Antarctica. He also leads the Polar Task Steering Group (PSTG) which regroups international agencies for tasking existing satellites with polar SAR data acquisitions.

Seongsu Jeong
Assistant Project Scientist
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Seongsu (Ph.D. in Geodetic Science and Surveying, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH) has years of experience in remote sensing of ice motion from optical sensors and now with SAR and has expert in cluster, cloud and AI computing. Seongsu currently works on the NASA MEASURES-3 project to generate ice velocity and grounding line products for Antarctica.

Lu An
Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Irvine


Lu (B.S. from Nanjing University, China) joined our group in 2011. She has been working on using high-resolution gravity data combined with other datasets to invert bed topography and bathymetry of glaciers in Greenland, especially in fjords often choked up with iceberg debris. The continuous of bed topography could help us to understand their stabilities in the warming climate. Lu An graduated in 2018 and continues her research in remote sensing of polar regions as a postdoctoral appointee.

Mike Wood
NASA JPL Postdoc


Mike (B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from U.C. Santa Barbara) joined our group in 2014. He has been combining remotely sensed data with oceanic and atmospheric model output to investigate the role of the ocean in driving glacial retreat in northwest Greenland and more recently over the entire periphery of Greenland. He graduated in 2019 and is now currently pursuing a NASA postdoc at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory with Dr. Ian Fenty. 

Emily Kane
Graduate Student


Emily (B.S. in meteorology from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire) joined our group in 2015. She is working to combine terrestrial radar and remote sensing data to explore calving dynamics of Western Greenland’s ice margins and in particular what new physics can be explored with faster repeat system not yet available from space. She will graduate in 2020.

Shivani Ehrenfeucht
Graduate Student

Shivani joined our group in 2018 and is working on grounding line migration and variability in ice sheet/ice shelf flow in north Greenland with Sentinel-1 and other SAR data, in combination with ice sheet modeling (ISSM). She is also a member of Mathieu Morlighem’s research group (co-advisor).

Hanning Chen
Graduate Student

Hanning (Master in Electronic Science and Technology of China, UESTC; Bachelor of Spatial Information and Digital Technology, Chengdu University of Technology, CDUT) joined our research group in fall 2019. He is working on grounding line mapping with Sentinel-1 and other SAR data, in combination with ice sheet modeling (ISSM).

Jaehun Kim
Graduate Student

Jaehun (Master in Korea) joined our group in 2019 and will be working on iceberg calving mechanics using SAR interferometry (satellites and GPRI), ICESAT-2 altimetry and ice sheet models (ISSM).

Former Members


Xin Li
Orbital Insight, Inc., San Francisco Bay Area.

Xin Li (M.Sc in Environmental Measurements and Assessments from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden) joined our group in 2011. She worked on the Totten Glacier mass balance using SAR interferometry and now leads a research group at Orbital Insight, Inc. in the Bay Area. Xin graduated in 2016.

Cilan Cai
Graduate Student, now NGO in China


Cilan (M.Sc in Environmental Measurements and Assessments from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden) joined our group in 2012. She is currently applying modeling tools to study the impact of ocean and subglacial discharge on the melting regime of the floating ice tongue of Petermann Glacier in Greenland. Cilan graduated in 2017.

Hongju Yu
Graduate Student, now NGO in China


Hongju (B.S. from Nanjing University, China) joined our group in 2012. He is currently trying to write a model on grounding line dynamics and incorporate it into the Ice Sheet System Model. He developed a number of modeling studies of the Thwaites Glacier system in West Antarctica for projecting its evolution in the coming centuries as a function of thermal forcing from the ocean and from calving dynamics. HongJu graduated in 2017.

Toufik Chtouki
Graduate Student, now in France

Toufik joined our group in 2018 and worked on gravity inversion for ice shelves in Antarctica to earn his Master’s degree in Earth System Science.


Pietro Millilo
NASA URSA Postdoctoral Scholar, now at JPL

Dr. Pietro Millilo (Ph.D. Univ. Bari, Italy) joined our group in 2015 as a NASA URSA postdoctoral fellow. He is an expert in SAR interferometry for applications in geophysics. He uses Cosmo Skymed data and TanDEM-X data in Antarctica to learn about West Antarctic Glaciers.  He is also a good cook. He was hired at JPL in 2018 where he works on SAR interferometry, e.g. the Surface Deformation Change mission of the Decadal Survey. Pietro is now at JPL but is still working with us on SAR interferometry applications in Greenland and Antarctica for fast-moving, fast-retreating glaciers.

Romain Millan
Graduate Student, now Postdoctoral Fellow at IGE, France.


Romain Millan (Master in Geophysics, Strasbroug, France) is an expert in remote sensing and glaciology. He is working 3D gravity inversion in Greenland and Antarctica for the Ocean Melting Greenland Mission, mass budget of small ice caps, ice velocity mapping using historical data and Landsat time series, and has also a lot of experience in the field with GPRI, CTD, and AWS (North East Greenland). He graduated in 2018 and is now a postdoc at the Institut des Geosciences de l’Environment (IGE), Grenoble France where he works on mountain glacier remote sensing.

Anders Anker Bjork
Postdoctoral Scholar, now Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Anderrs (Ph.D. University of Copenhagen, Denmark) joined our group in 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow from the Danish Research Council to work on NASA’s Ocean Melting Greenland Mission. He is an expert on historical photography and other data for Greenland and Antarctica; and has a deep and detailed knowledge of Greenland as a whole. He is exploring ways to utilize these old data to make velocity maps which help us extend the satellite record by another 40 years. Anders just got hired as an Assistant Professor and continues to work with us in Greenland. 

Yun Xu
Ph.D., now Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Bay area.


The title of her thesis was “Subaqueous melting of Greenland tidewater glaciers”. Yun (M.Sc. in Atmospheric Sciences from Nanjing University, China) is using numerical models to study the submarine melting and its impacts on glacial dynamics. Her work focused on Greenland tidewater glaciers. Yun Xu pioneered the use of the MITgcm ocean model to model melt water plumes in front of the vertical calving faces of Greenland glaciers in 2D and then in 3D at very high resolution (1 m).

Basile de Fleurian
Postdoctoral Scholar, now Researcher Institutt for geovitenskap, UiB, Department of Earth Science, Norway.

Basile (Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Grenoble, France)  has developed a subglacial hydrological model with the aim of giving a better description of the basal sliding of glaciers. His research at ESS focuses on the implementation of the hydrological code in ISSM and the application to large scale glaciers. He is now a Researcher, University of Bergen, Norway.

Helene Seroussi
NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, now JPL researcher.


Helene (Ph.D. in ice sheet numerical modeling from Ecole Centrale Paris, France) is one of the core developers of the Ice Sheet System Model developed in partnership with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her research focuses on improving numerical projections of the ice sheet contribution to sea level rise in a warming climate. She is funded by a NASA Fellowship to investigate interactions between ice shelves and their tributary glaciers. She is currently one of the lead authors of ISMP6 for IPCC AR6. Her particular focus is Antarctica. Helene has also been leading the coupling of ISSM with MITgcm, the first fully-coupled ocean-ice high resolution model.



Our colleagues at JPL
(Ice Sheet System Model)