Dr Samuel Doyle BSc Hon Geography with Mountain Leadership (First Class) MSc Glaciology (Distinction)

Dr Samuel Doyle

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Glaciology

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Sam received a BSc in Geography with Mountain Leadership (First Class Honours) from Staffordshire University and a MSc in Glaciology (Distinction) from Aberystwyth University. In summer 2009 Sam gathered data for his MSc dissertation whilst assisting Prof. Alun Hubbard from Aberystwyth University for 4 months in West Greenland. Following which Sam found a job with the British Antarctic Survey as a Project Assistant to Dr Andy Smith and spent 3 months in a remote field camp undertaking seismic and radar surveys on Rutford Ice Stream. From Antarctica, Sam went back to Greenland, again working for Prof. Alun Hubbard in the acquisition of geophysical data until early August 2010.

Following this Sam led a climbing expedition to NW Greenland and sailed home across the North Atlantic to start his PhD at Aberystwyth entitled 'GPS-based investigations of basal controls on the motion of the Greenland Ice Sheet'. Sam was involved with the filming of the BBC's series Frozen Planet in 2010 andOperation Iceberg in 2012. Sam is now working as a Postdoctoral Researcher\Technician on the SAFIRE project, which involves hot water drilling and borehole instrumentation on Store Glacier in West Greenland.

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  • Dynamics of the Greenland Ice Sheet
  • Ice sheet and glacier hydrology
  • GPS surveying
  • Geophysics
  • Borehole instrumentation

Research Groups



Ryan, J., Hubbard, A., Irvine-Fynn, T., Doyle, S., Cook, J.M., Stibal, M., Box, J.E. 2017. How robust are in-situ observations for validating satellite-derived albedo over the dark zone of the Greenland Ice Sheet? Geophysical Research Letters

Ryan, J.C., Hubbard, A., Box, J.E., Brough, S., Cameron, K., Cook, J.M., Cooper, M., Doyle, S.H., Edwards, A., Holt, T., Irvine-Fynn, T., Jones, C., Pitcher, L.H., Rennermalm, Å.K., Smith, L.C., Stibal, M., Snooke, N. 2017. Derivation of High Spatial Resolution Albedo from UAV Digital Imagery: Application over the Greenland Ice Sheet. Frontiers in Earth Science 00040


Mikkelsen, A.B., Hubbard, A., MacFerrin, M., Box, J.E., Doyle, S., Fitzpatrick, A., Hasholt, B., Bailey, H.L., Lindbäck, K., Pettersson, R. 2016. Extraordinary runoff from the Greenland ice sheet in 2012 amplified by hypsometry and depleted firn retention. Cryosphere 10 pp. 1147-1159. pp. 1147-1159.

Young, T.J., Christoffersen, P., Nicholls, K., Lok, L.B., Doyle, S., Hubbard, B., Stewart, C., Hofstede, C., Bougamont, M., Todd, J., Brennan, P., Hubbard, A. 2016. The Subglacial Access and Fast Ice Research Experiment (SAFIRE): 2. High magnitude englacial strain detected with autonomous phase-sensitive FMCW radar on Store Glacier, West Greenland.

Hubbard, B., Doyle, S., Christoffersen, P., Young, T.J., Hofstede, C., Hubbard, A., Box, J., Todd, J., Bougamont, M. 2016. The Subglacial Access and Fast Ice Research Experiment (SAFIRE): 1. Borehole-based englacial and subglacial measurements from a rapidly-moving tidewater glacier: Store Glacier, Greenland .


Lindbäck, K., Pettersson, R., Hubbard, A., Doyle, S., Van As, D., Mikkelsen, A.B., Fitzpatrick, A.A.W. 2015. Subglacial water drainage, storage, and piracy beneath the Greenland ice sheet. Geophysical Research Letters 42 (18) pp. 7606-7614. pp. 7606-7614.

Dow, C.F., Kulessa, B., Rutt, I.C., Tsai, V.C., Pimental, S., Doyle, S.H., Van As, D., Lindbäck, K., Pettersson, R., Jones, G.A., Hubbard, A. 2015. Modeling of subglacial hydrological development following rapid supraglacial lake drainage. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 120 (6) pp. 1124-1147. pp. 1124-1147.

Van de Wal, R.S.W., Smeets, C.J.P.P., Boot, W., Stoffelen, M., Van Kampen, R., Doyle, S.H., Wilhelms, F., van den Broeke, M.R., Reijmer, C.H., Oerlemans, J., Hubbard, A. 2015. Self-regulation of ice flow varies across the ablation area in South-West Greenland. Cryosphere 9 (2) pp. 603-611. pp. 603-611.

Doyle, S., Hubbard, A., van de Wal, R., Box, J., van As, D., Scharrer, K., Meierbachtol, T., Smeets, P., Harper, J., Johansson, E., Mottram, R., Mikkelsen, A., Wilhelms, F., Patton, H., Christoffersen, P., Hubbard, B. 2015. Amplified melt and flow of the Greenland ice sheet driven by late-summer cyclonic rainfall. Nature Geoscience


Bougamont, M., Christoffersen, P., Hubbard, A., Fitzpatrick, A.A.W., Doyle, S.H., Carter, S.P. 2014. Sensitive response of the Greenland Ice Sheet to surface melt drainage over a soft bed. Nature Communications 5 5052

Lindback, K., Pettersson, R., Doyle, S.H., Helanow, C., Jansson, P., Kristensen, S.S., Stenseng, L., Forsberg, R., Hubbard, A. 2014. High-resolution ice thickness and bed topography of a land-terminating section of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Earth System Science Data 6 pp. 331-338. pp. 331-338.

Doyle, S.H., Hubbard, A.L., Fitzpatrick, A.A.W., Van As, D., Mikkelsen, A., Pettersson, R., Hubbard, B.P. 2014. Persistent flow acceleration within the interior of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Geophysical Research Letters 41 (3) pp. 899-905. pp. 899-905.

Fitzpatrick, A.A.W., Hubbard, A.L., Box, J.E., Quincey, D.J., Van As, D., Mikkelsen, A., Doyle, S.H., Dow, C.F., Hasholt, B., Jones, G.A. 2014. A decade (2002–2012) of supraglacial lake volume estimates across Russell Glacier, West Greenland. Cryosphere 8 (1) pp. 107-121. pp. 107-121.

Dow, C.F., Kulessa, B., Rutt, I.C., Doyle, S.H., Hubbard, A. 2014. Upper bounds on subglacial channel development for interior regions of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Journal of Glaciology 60 (224) pp. 1044-1052. pp. 1044-1052.


Jones, G.A., Kulessa, B., Doyle, S.H., Dow, C.F., Hubbard, A.L. 2013. An automated approach to the location of icequakes using seismic waveform amplitudes. Annals of Glaciology 54 (64) pp. 1-9. pp. 1-9.

Dow, C.F., Hubbard, A.L., Booth, A.D., Doyle, S.H., Gusmeroli, A., Kulessa, B. 2013. Seismic evidence of mechanically weak sediments underlying Russell Glacier, West Greenland. Annals of Glaciology 54 (64) pp. 135-141. pp. 135-141.

Fitzpatrick, A.A.W., Hubbard, A.L., Joughin, I., Quincey, D.J., Van As, D., Mikkelsen, A., Doyle, S.H., Hasholt, B., Jones, G.A. 2013. Ice flow dynamics and surface meltwater flux at a land-terminating sector of the Greenland ice sheet. Journal of Glaciology 59 (216) pp. 687-696. pp. 687-696.

Fitzpatrick, A.A.W., Hubbard, A.L., Box, J.E., Quincey, D.J., Van As, D., Mikkelsen, A.P.B., Doyle, S.H., Dow, C.F., Hasholt, B., Jones, G.A. 2013. A decade of supraglacial lake volume estimates across a land-terminating margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Cryosphere Discussions 7 (2) pp. 1383-1414. pp. 1383-1414.

Doyle, S.H., Hubbard, A.L., Dow, C.F., Jones, G.A., Fitzpatrick, A.A.W., Gusmeroli, A., Kulessa, B., Lindback, K., Pettersson, R., Box, J.E. 2013. Ice tectonic deformation during the rapid in situ drainage of a supraglacial lake on the Greenland Ice Sheet. Cryosphere 7 (1) pp. 129 - 140. pp. 129 - 140.


Booth, A.D., Clark, R., Kulessa, B., Murray, T., Carter, J., Doyle, S.H., Hubbard, A.L. 2012. Thin-layer effects in glaciological seismic amplitude-versus-angle (AVA) analysis: implications for characterising a subglacial till unit, Russell Glacier, West Greenland. Cryosphere 6 pp. 909-922. pp. 909-922.