United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Daniel Morgan

Principal Senior Lecturer, Associate Dean
Vanderbilt University
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Research Interests
Dan Morgan is a glacial geomorphologist who utilizes a variety of geochronological methods to map, date, and determine the source of glacial deposits and landscapes in Antarctica. He works in dry valleys throughout the Transantarctic Mountains, which often contain a multi-million year record of the evolution of the Antarctic Ice Sheets. Primarily, he uses techniques like exposure dating with cosmogenic nuclides to determine the age of glacial landscapes and the rates at which geomorphic processes occur in these unique environments. He also uses a variety of provenance tools like detrital zircon dating to determine the source of glacial tills. By mapping, dating, and determining the source of these glacial deposits, we can better constrain the past evolution of the Antarctic Ice Sheets, which aids in the prediction of how the ice sheets will respond to future changes in the climate. As an educator, he is dedicated to providing undergraduate students immersive research experiences and developing an inclusive and diverse pipeline of polar scientists.
Antarctic Research Location(s)
McMurdo Station
Field camp - fixed wing access
Field camp - helicopter access
Dry Valleys
Research Keywords
glacial geology, cosmogenic nuclides, landscape evolution, provenance
NSF Antarctic Program
Antarctic Earth Sciences
Other NSF Antarctic Programs
Antarctic Glaciology
SCAR Science Group Affiliation
Geosciences Group
Current SCAR Group Participation
ANTPAS member, member of SCAR Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Group