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Department of Geography



Dr Aleksandr "Sasha" Montelli

Junior Research Fellow, Peterhouse

Sasha's research integrates geological and geophysical data and numerical modelling techniques to examine the past evolution of ice sheets and the adjacent oceans.


My current research interests encompass ice-sheet evolution and interactions between ice, ocean, atmosphere and solid earth on multiple temporal and spatial scales. I use interdisciplinary field- and laboratory-based approaches including the acquisition, processing and interpretation of high-resolution bathymetric, 2D and 3D seismic data; analysis of deep-drilling and sediment cores; and implementation of large-scale and targeted ice-sheet simulations. Geography of my projects span both hemispheres, including East and West Antarctica, the Eurasian Arctic and subarctic Pacific.

Career and qualifications

  • 2020- : Junior Research Fellow, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge
  • 2019-2020: Schmidt Science Fellow, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
  • 2015-2019: 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


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  • Director of Studies, Trinity Hall, 2020-
  • Tripos Part 1A Cryosphere supervisions, 2020-
  • Freshman undergraduate student project mentoring, 2012-2013
  • Senior undergraduate student Honor's project mentoring, 2015

External activities

External activities and associations:

  • Schmidt Science Fellow, 2019-present
  • Gates Cambridge Scholar, 2015-present
  • Royal Astronomical Society, 2018-present
  • American Geophysical Union, 2014-present
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2013-2015
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers, 2012-2013
  • European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, 2011-2012
  • Russian Geographic Society, 2010-2011