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Jeremy Miner

MS candidate

My research is an NSF funded project looking at microstructure of ice such as pore space, brine pockets, and drainage networks in sea ice. The presence and extent of these features alter every aspect of ice properties, from optical to biological. I am working on a thorough reconstruction of the drainage features in ice using optical and x-ray imaging techniques.

To accomplish this I have collected field samples on the Chukchi Sea first year ice and created large, single crystal lab samples. I am using these samples for microscopy, x-ray microtomography, and serial photography to better understand the geometric relationships between the different microstructural features and their extent in sea ice. I have developed new methods and materials for making this research more streamlined and accurate. This research may also be useful for application to other geophysical and biological media with similar drainage development.

Portions of this work were performed at University of Utah SCI Institute, using SCIRun imaging software. This work was made possible in part by software from the NIH/NCRR Center for the Bioelectric Field Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization, P41-RR12553.

Portions of this work were performed at GeoSoilEnviroCARS (Sector 13), Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. GeoSoilEnviroCARS is supported by the National Science Foundation - Earth Sciences ( EAR-0217473 ) , Department of Energy - Geosciences ( DE-FG02-94ER14466) and the State of Illinois. Use of the APS was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Energy Research, under Contract No. W-31-109-Eng-38.