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Professor Derek Mueller

Arctic science; Climate change; Cryospheric change

Degrees:B.Sc. Hons (Trent), M.Sc. (McGill), Ph.D. (Laval)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1984
Office:A427 Loeb


My research examines indicators and impacts of climate change in the cryosphere as well as the consequences of a warming climate (both atmospheric and oceanic) on cryospheric systems. Current interests include environmental change detection of Arctic ice shelves, sea ice and lake ice using microwave and optical remote sensing. I also study the drift and deterioration of large icebergs, known as ice islands, which are considered a hazard to navigation and offshore infrastructure.

Research Interests

  • Arctic ice shelves
  • Epishelf lakes
  • Ice islands and icebergs
  • Breakup of landfast sea ice
  • Research instrument development
  • Remote sensing of ice and cryospheric change detection

2024 – 2025 Courses

  • GEOM 4009 Winter – Applications in Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 5905 Winter – Masters Research Workshop
  • NRTH 5000 Fall – Core Seminar: Northern Environments, Northern Societies, Northern Policy


  • ArcticNet
  • Arctic Institute of North America
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Canadian Geophysical Union
  • Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
  • International Glaciological Society


  • 2009 NSERC Visiting Fellow (Canadian Ice Service)
  • 2008 Roberta Bondar Fellow in Northern and Polar Studies (Trent University)
  • 2006-7 NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow (Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks)

Select publications can be found on Derek’s WIRL website.