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Aleksandr "Sasha" Montelli

Aleksandr "Sasha" Montelli

PhD Researcher in Polar Studies

Sasha's research integrates geological and geophysical data to study the palaeo-environmental evolution of high-latitude continental margins.

Biography

Sasha studied Geography and GIS mapping (BS) at Saint Petersburg State University, followed by completing MS in Geophysics, during which his research focused on polar regions, examining crustal structure and tectonic history of Weddell Sea, East Antarctica. After receiving Fulbright Scholarship in 2013, his research at the Institute for Geophysics of the University of Texas at Austin focused on sedimentary architecture of glacier-influenced regions in Gulf of Alaska and East Antarctica. In 2015, Sasha was awarded a Gates Scholarship for a PhD at the Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge. Currently, his PhD research applies three- and two-dimensional seismic datasets to reconstruct Quaternary ice-sheet and oceanographic evolution of the vast mid-Norwegian continental margin.

Career and qualifications

  • 2015-present: PhD, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
  • 2013-2015: Master of Science, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin
  • 2011-2013: Master of Science, Department of Geology, Saint Petersburg State University
  • 2011-2013: Geophysicist at Polar Marine Geosurvey Expedition
  • 2012: Exchange Program, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo
  • 2007-2011: Bachelor of Science, Department of Geography, Saint Petersburg State University

Research

Sasha's current research is conducted under the collaboration between Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). An extensive geophysical record that contains multiple industry-acquired three- and two-dimensional seismic data is available in the mid-Norwegian continental shelf and slope. Sasha's research uses this dataset to provide detailed study of the changing nature of ice-sheet derived sedimentary architecture through the Quaternary Ice Age. The sedimentological and geomorphological evolution of the mid-Norwegian margin, in turn, provides insight into the spatial and temporal variability of the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet and oceanographic setting through the last 2.8 Ma. This palaeo-environmental examination of the mid-Norwegian margin provides a useful framework for ice-sheet and global climate models.

Publications

Articles

  • Montelli, A., Gulick, S. P., Worthington, L. L., Mix, A., Davies-Walczak, M., Zellers, S. D., & Jaeger, J. M., 2017 "Late Quaternary Glacial Dynamics and Sedimentation Variability in Bering Trough, Gulf of Alaska", Geology
  • Montelli, A., Dowdeswell, J. A. , Ottesen, D. and Johansen, S. E., 2017. "Ice-sheet dynamics through the Quaternary on the mid-Norwegian continental margin inferred from 3D seismic data." Marine and Petroleum Geology

Conference papers

  • Montelli, A., J. A. Dowdeswell, D. Ottesen, and S. E. Johansen. "Quaternary evolution of the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet from 3D seismic data', San Francisco, USA, 16 Dec 2016
  • Montelli A., J. A. Dowdeswell, D. Ottesen, and S. E. Johansen. 2016. William Smith Meeting Poster: "Palaeo-glaciology of the mid-Norwegian continental shelf through the Quaternary from 3D seismic data'
  • Zellers S., Montelli A.,Worthington, L.L., Gulick, S.P.S., Jaeger, J.M., Zellers, S., Walczak, M.H., and Mix , A.C.,, 2016. GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, USA - 2016. 'Foraminiferal And Sedimentologic Characterization Of Seismic Facies Seaward Of The Bering Glacier, Gulf Of Alaska'
  • Montelli, A., Gulick, S., Frederick, B., Blankenship, D., Leventer, A., Shevenell, A., Domack, E., Seismic Stratigraphy of the Sabrina Coast Shelf, East Antarctica: History of Late Paleogene to Early Neogene Glacial Evolution: Abstract S07-273 presented at XII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences, 13-17 July 2015, Goa, India, 2015
  • Gulick, S., Montelli, A., Frederick, B., Domack, E., Shevenell, A., Sjunneskog, C., Bohaty, S., Leventer, A., Blankenship, D., Fernandez, R., Sangiorgi, F.T., Smith, C., Insights into changing East Antarctic paleoenvironments since the Eocene based on first-ever seismic imaging and coring on the Sabrina Coast shelf: , XII International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences, 13-17 July 2015, Goa, India.
  • Worthington, L.L., Gulick, S.P.S., Montelli, A., Jaeger, J.M., Zellers, S., Walczak, M.H., and Mix , A.C., 'Offshore Tectonics of the St. Elias Mountains: Insights from Ocean Drilling and Seismic Stratigraphy on the Yakutat Shelf', San Francisco, USA, 16 Dec 2015
  • Gulick, S.P.S., Montelli, A., Swartz, J.M., Morey, S., Jaeger, J.M., Mix , A.C., Reece R., Somchat, K., Wagner, P.F., and Worthington, L.L., ', Margin Architecture and Sediment Flux as Controls on Submarine Fan Development: Tectonic-Climate Interactions in the Gulf of Alaska', San Francisco, USA, 16 Dec 2015
  • Montelli A., Gulick, S.P.S., Worthington, L.L., Jaeger, J.M., Zellers, S., Walczak, M.H., and Mix , A.C., 2015, Jackson School of Geosciences Research Symposium, Austin, USA. Poster: "Seismic Stratigraphy of Bering Trough: Late Quaternary History of Bering Glacier Dynamics".
  • Montelli A., Gulick, S.P.S., Worthington, L.L., Jaeger, J.M., Zellers, S., Walczak, M.H., and Mix , A.C., 2014. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, USA. Poster: "Seismic Stratigraphy of Bering Trough: Late Quaternary History of Bering Glacier Dynamics".
  • Montelli A., 2010. Russian Geographic Society, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Oral presentation: "Forest Fires Monitoring in Leningradskaya Oblast', Russia".

Teaching

  • Freshman undergraduate student project mentoring, 2012-2013
  • Senior undergraduate student Honor's project mentoring, 2015

External activities

External activities and associations:

  • Gates Cambridge Scholar, 2015-present
  • American Geophysical Union, 2014-present
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2013-2015
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2012-2013
  • European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, 2011-2012
  • Russian Geographic Society, 2010-2011