My research interests are mainly in glaciology, specifically in contemporary physical glaciological processes, with a timescale of interest focussed on 10-100 years. The key overarching theme of my research is understanding the response of ice masses to changing climatic inputs.My work covers a wide range of environments, from the mid-latitude temperate glaciology of New Zealand's glaciers, to the polar glaciology of the Antarctic, where I work on outlet glacier behaviour and ice shelf response in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica.I also have minor research interests in hydrology, especially glacier hydrology, and process and very recent glacial geomorphology.
- Gillespie MK., Lawson W., Rack W., Anderson B., Blankenship DD., Young DA. and Holt JW. (2017) Geometry and ice dynamics of the Darwin-Hatherton glacial system, Transantarctic Mountains. Journal of Glaciology 63(242): 959-972. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jog.2017.60.
- Oliphant AJ., Hindmarsh RCA., Cullen NJ. and Lawson W. (2015) Microclimate and mass fluxes of debris laden ice surfaces in the Taylor Valley, Antarctica. Antarctic Science 27(1): 85-100. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0954102014000534.
- Anderson B., Willis I., Goodsell B., Banwell A., Owens I., Mackintosh A. and Lawson W. (2014) Annual to daily ice velocity and water pressure variations on Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere (Franz Josef Glacier), New Zealand. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 46(4): 919-932. http://dx.doi.org/10.1657/1938-4246-46.4.919.
- Marsh OJ., Rack W., Golledge NR., Lawson W. and Floricioiu D. (2014) Grounding-zone ice thickness from InSAR: inverse modelling of tidal elastic bending. Journal of Glaciology 60(221): 526-536. http://dx.doi.org/10.3189/2014JoG13J033.
- Purdie H., Anderson B., Chinn T., Owens I., Mackintosh A. and Lawson W. (2014) Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, New Zealand: Historic length records. Global and Planetary Change 121: 41-52. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2014.06.008.
Professor Wendy Lawson has operational responsibility for the College of Science.