Sasha Montelli



Sasha's research integrates geological and geophysical data to examine the palaeo-environmental evolution of high-latitude continental margins. 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, Institute for Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin 2014: Shipboard geophysicist, ENAM research cruise, R/V Langseth, Columbia University 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  

Current 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.