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 is responsible for strategic, academic and operational leadership of the College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao.