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Faces of Science: Joel Rowland

Joel Rowland is fascinated with the natural world—that water, wind and sediment can be organized into spectacular patterns. Today, this passion drives him to study how climate change affects the shape and organization of landscapes dominated by permafrost.
March 4, 2015
Joel Rowland

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EARTH SCIENCES

Asking “why?” solves riddles of permafrost

Joel Rowland’s favorite high-school class was earth science.

Faces of Science: Joel Rowland
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Faces of Science: Joel Rowland

While in college, Joel began to major in political science, but upon taking an introductory oceanography class, he was reminded that studying the natural world was much more rewarding.

As a Los Alamos scientist, Joel is studying how climate change affects the shape and organization of landscapes dominated by permafrost.

While performing such work, Joel has realized there is always another “why” that brings about a deeper understanding of the Earth’s surface.



Nate McDowell works for EES-14's Earth Systems Observations group.


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