Katie Miles

BA in Geography (University of Cambridge), MPhil in Polar Studies (Scott Polar Research Institute)

Profile

Katie's PhD research is investigating the internal structure and subsurface hydrology of a high-elevation debris-covered glacier (Khumbu Glacier, Nepal), through instrumented boreholes and fluorescent dye tracing experiments. She has had four field seasons on Khumbu with the EverDrill research project and participated in an additional trip to the region as part of the "Walk the Talk" outreach and conference event. During her PhD, she has also carried out fieldwork in Norway, studying ice and firn density using an optical televiewer.

 

2016 - present   PhD in Glaciology (Geography and Earth Sciences), Aberystwyth University

AberDoc PhD Scholarship & Aberystwyth University Music Bursary

Thesis: Field-based investigations of the subsurface environment of a high-elevation debris-covered glacier

 

2015 - 2016      MPhil in Polar Studies (Merit), Scott Polar Research Institute (University of Cambridge)

Thesis: Investigating the surface hydrology of the Greenland Ice Sheet using Sentinel-1 Synthetic Aperture Radar imagery

 

2012 - 2015      BA in Geography (First Class Hons), University of Cambridge

Dissertation: Investigating the effect of glacial debris cover on hydraulic efficiency

Additional Information

Outreach

July 2020 - "Girls into Geoscience" virtual event ("Life in the Field Q&A panel")

July 2020 - Article for AntarcticGlaciers.org

Jun 2019 - EverDrill project research dissemination workshops in Solukhumbu and Kathmandu, Nepal

Feb 2019 - Blog post for EGU Cryosphere “Image of the Week”

Dec 2018 - Himalayan Research Expeditions "Walk the Talk" conference & outreach event, EBC trek Nepal

Nov 2018 - Article for The Conversation UK

May 2018 - Article for The Conversation UK, reprinted in The i Newspaper

Mar 2018 - British Science Week (Aberystwyth University, "Geography and elevation")

Sep 2017 - Blog post for rockyglaciers.com on Debris-Covered Glaciers

July 2017 - Blog post for EGU Cryosphere “Image of the Week”

July 2017 - Bluedot science festival (“Vanishing Glaciers of Everest”)

Jun 2017 - Radio interview for BBC Radio Wales (accompanying article)

Apr 2017 - TV interview for BBC Wales Today Evening News

Apr 2017 - Radio interview for BBC World Service Newshour (accompanying article)

Oct 2016 - Manchester Science Festival (“Vanishing Glaciers of Everest”)

Teaching

2019 - 2020

GS23710 - Geographical Information Systems (Lecturer)

GS11900 - Environmental Earth Science and Environmental Science Tutorials (Academic Tutor)

GS13020 - Research the World: Data Collection and Analysis (Demonstrator)

GS23810 - Quantitative Analysis of Geographical Data (Demonstrator)

GS33420 - Processes in Glacial Environments (Demonstrator)

GS32820 - Geographical Information Systems (Demonstrator)

 

2018 - 2019

GS13020 - Research the World: Data Collection and Analysis, GIS (Demonstrator)

GG33220 - The Great Ice Sheets (Demonstrator)

GG33420 - Processes in Glacial Environments (Demonstrator)

GG21710 - Analysis of Geographical Data, GIS (Demonstrator)

EAM1120 - MSc Advanced Research Skills (Demonstrator)

 

2017-2018

GG21710 - Analysis of Geographical Data, GIS (Demonstrator)

GG33220 - The Great Ice Sheets (Demonstrator)

EAM1120 - MSc Advanced Research Skills (Demonstrator)

 

2016 - 2017

GG32820 - Geographical Information Systems (Demonstrator)

EAM1120 - MSc Advanced Research Skills (Demonstrator)

Publications

Miles, KE, Hubbard, B, Irvine-fynn, TDL, Miles, ES, Quincey, DJ & Rowan, AV 2020, 'Hydrology of debris-covered glaciers in High Mountain Asia', Earth-Science Reviews, vol. 207, 103212. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103212
Miles, K, Miles, ES, Hubbard, B, Quincey, DJ, Rowan, AV & Pallett, M 2019, 'Instruments and Methods: hot-water borehole drilling at a high-elevation debris-covered glacier', Journal of Glaciology, vol. 65, no. 253, pp. 822-832. https://doi.org/10.1017/jog.2019.49
Miles, K, Hubbard, B, Quincey, DJ, Miles, ES, Irvine-Fynn, T & Rowan, AV 2019, 'Surface and subsurface hydrology of debris-covered Khumbu Glacier, Nepal, revealed by dye tracing', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 513, pp. 176-186. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2019.02.020
Miles, ES, Watson, CS, Brun, F, Berthier, E, Esteves, M, Quincey, DJ, Miles, KE, Hubbard, B & Wagnon, P 2018, 'Glacial and geomorphic effects of a supraglacial lake drainage and outburst event, Everest region, Nepal Himalaya', Cryosphere, vol. 12, no. 12, pp. 3891-3905. https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3891-2018
Miles, KE, Hubbard, B, Quincey, DJ, Miles, ES, Sherpa, TC, Rowan, AV & Doyle, SH 2018, 'Polythermal structure of a Himalayan debris-covered glacier revealed by borehole thermometry', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, no. 1, 16825. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-34327-5
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