Ross is an Assistant Professor in the Science Department, teaching physics (PHYS 1041 and PHYS 1042) and environmental biology (BIO 1020), and is a faculty advisor for the Outdoor Recreation Club. He received a B.A. in environmental studies and chemistry from Middlebury College, a M.S. in mathematics from The University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. Currently, he also does research with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) located in Hanover, NH. Take a look at his work here.
Ross researches the microstructure of snow, ice, and other geologic samples from pole to pole. One recent project looked at saltwater channels in sea ice in around Barrow, Alaska, and the Ross Sea in Antarctic to examine how salt moves through sea ice from the ocean to the atmosphere. As part of the project, he developed a device which allowed him to drive 20 ice cores from Alaska to New England for analysis all while maintaining the natural sea ice temperature gradient. He recruits students to join him in his research projects with opportunities to work at a governmental lab, publish scientific papers, and present work at national and international conferences.
He loves to call Vermont his home and just recently moved to Middlesex with great access to the woods of VT. In his free time, Ross enjoys adventuring outside with his wife and two dogs whether it be skiing, hiking, biking, paddling, or adventure racing (sometimes with Vermont Tech students). If you are interested in getting involved with polar research, looking for tips on outdoor adventures, or want advice about class or life as a scientist, don’t hesitate to reach out (email is best).