Polar Bears International

Glen Liston

Glen Liston

Dr. Glen Liston is a leading expert on alpine, Arctic, and Antarctic snow distributions, and has over 100 publications in the peer-reviewed literature on snow-related topics. Over the last 20 years he has developed a number of modeling and analytical tools that are ideally suited to simulate potential sites for polar bear dens on land. These tools—basically numerical models that mimic the physical interaction of snow and wind—determine when, how far, and how much snow will be transported and deposited in response to weather, topographic, and vegetation variations.

In 1982-83 he spent a year at the United States Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station, Antarctica, where he received a United States Congressional Service Medal. Since then he has been to Antarctica five times on different research expeditions, including going to the South Pole two more times. Dr. Liston has also been to what is widely recognized as the most remote place on Earth: Bouvet Island in the South Atlantic Ocean. In addition, a glacier was named after him in Antarctica (the Liston Glacier: 77° 39’ 13.65” S 161° 4’ 28.23” E). When he is not studying snow, he is hiking, skiing, or climbing in the mountains, or making something in his woodshop.