Luke Trusel

Luke Trusel is a master's student who loves the cold. He came to NIU after working on an NSF-funded project in Svalbard, Norway as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts. Since arriving at NIU he has worked as a research assistant in the Analytical Center for Climate and Environmental Change and is collaborating with colleagues in the USGS and National Park Service to better understand the seafloor geology and benthic habitats of Muir Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

Luke's exploits include a trip to Antarctica in 2007, where he assisted with collecting an on-ice seismic reflection survey in the MacKay Sea Valley as part of the ANDRILL project. His research results have already been presented at an international meeting in Oslo, Norway and he plans to cap off his work with presentations at upcoming meetings of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, CA and the National Park Service, in Glacier Bay, Alaska.

Thesis Research

Analysis of multibeam bathymetry and backscatter from southeast Alaska to better understand glacial sedimentation, denudation and associated retreat processes and morphology.

Abstracts and Publications

  • Trusel, L.D., Cumpston, R.M., Powell, R.D., Brigham-Grette, J., (in prep.), Modern glacimarine processes and potential future behavior of Kronebreen and Kongsvegen polythermal tidewater glaciers, Kongsfjorden, Svalbard.
  • Trusel, L.D., Willems, B.A., Powell, R.D., Mayer, L.A., 2008, Temperate glacimarine sediment yields during glacial advance. International Geological Congress, 33rd, Oslo, Norway, August 6-14.
  • Trusel, L.D., Cumpston, R.M., Brigham-Grette, J., Powell, R.D., 2006, Fjord sedimentation associated with a submarine meltwater jet and plume discharging from Kronebreen Glacier, Kongsfjorden, Svalbard, Norway, Abstracts for the 36th Annual Arctic Workshop, Boulder, CO.


Luke finished his M.S. degree in May of 2009 and was accepted into the Ph.D. program at Clark University in Massachusetts.