Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Mac Cathles

Mac Cathles

Assistant Professor

Postdoctoral Fellow
Michigan Society of Fellows

Office: 1541C Space Research Building
Phone: (734) 763-4217


Ph.D., University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
B.A. Physics, Colby College, Watervillee, Maine


  • Ice sheet surface processes
  • Iceberg calving dynamics

Personal Introduction

My research focuses on processes acting at the boundaries of ice sheets, ice shelves and glaciers.

Professional Service

Member of the AMS Committee on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography, the American Geophysical Union and the International Glaciological Society.


Cathles, L. M., D. S. Abbot and D. R MacAyeal, Intra-surface radiative transfer limits the geographic extent of snow penitents on horizontal snowfields, J. Glaciol., 60 (219), 2014.

Banwell, A. F., M Cabellero, N Arnold, N. Glasser,  L. Mac. Cathles, and D. R. MacAyeal, Supraglacial lakes on the Larsen B Ice Shelf, Antarctica, and Paakitsoq Region, Greenland: a comparative study, Ann. Glaciol, 55, 2014.

Darnell, K. N., J. M. Amundson,  L. M. Cathles, and D. R. MacAyeal, The morphology of supraglacial lake ogives, J. Glaciol, 59 (215), 533-544, 2013.

Burton, J. C.,  L. Mac Cathles, and W.G. Wilder, The role of cooperative iceberg capsize in ice-shelf disintegration, Ann. Glaciol., 54 (63), 84-90, 2013.

Burton, J. C., J . M. Amundson, D. S. Abbot, A. Boghosian,  L. Mac. Cathles, S. Correa-Legisos, K. N. Darnell, N. Guttenberg, D. M. Holland and D. R. MacAyeal, Laboratory investigations of iceberg-capsize dynamics, energy dissipation and tsunamigenesis, J. Geophys. Res., 117, F01007, 2012.

Cathles, L. M., D. S. Abbot, J. N. Bassis, and D. R. MacAyeal, Modeling surface-roughness/solar-ablation feedback: Application to small-scale surface channels and crevasses of the Greenland Ice Sheet, Ann. Glaciol., 59, 2011.

Guttenberg, N., D.S. Abbot, J.M. Amundson, J.C. Burton,  L. Mac Cathles, D.R. MacAyeal and W.W. Zhang, A computational investigation of iceberg capsize as a driver of explosive ice-shelf disintegration, Ann. Glaciol., 52 (59), 51-59, 2011.

Cathles, L. M., IV, E. A. Okal, and D. R. MacAyeal, Seismic observations of sea swell on the floating Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica, J. Geophys. Res., 114, F02015, 2009.

Cathles, L. M., L. M. Cathles, and M. R. Albert, Instruments and methods: A physically based method for correcting temperature profile measurements made using thermocouples, J. Glaciol., 53 (181), 298-304, 2007.

Courville, Z. R., M. R. Albert, M. A. Fahnestock,  L. M. Cathles, and C. A. Shuman, Impacts of an accumulation hiatus on the physical properties of firn at a low-accumulation polar site, J. Geophys. Res., 112 (F2), F02030, 2007.

MacAyeal, D. R., E. A. Okal, R. C. Aster, J. N. Bassis, K. M. Brunt,  L. M. Cathles, R. Drucker, H. A. Fricker, Y. J. Kim, S. Martin, M. H. Okal, O. V. Sergienko, M. P. Sponsler, and J. E. Thom, Transoceanic wave propagation links iceberg calving margins of Antarctica with storms in tropics and Northern Hemisphere, Geophys. Res. Let., 33 (17), L17502, 2006.

Updated: 2015-05-21