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Ruth Heindel

Ruth Heindel

Postdoctoral Scholar


  • PhD: Dartmouth College, 2017
  • BS: Brown University, 2010

Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Contact Information


Polar regions, aeolian processes and geomorphology, phosphorus cycling

Research Interests

I study landscape change in cold regions using a wide range of scientific methods, including remote sensing, photogrammetry, lichenometry, and soil nutrient analysis. My interests include high-latitude and high-elevation aeolian processes and geomorphology, coupled biogeochemical cycles, biological soil crusts, and the impacts of climate change on polar and alpine regions.


Ruth is a postdoctoral research fellow working with the McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER and the Boulder Creak CZO. She recently finished her PhD at Dartmouth College, where she worked with Dr. Ross Virginia studying wind-driven soil erosion in Greenland and phosphorus cycling in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Before graduate school, Ruth worked as a middle and high school teacher, where she developed a passion for communicating science. In college, Ruth studied abroad at the University Centre in Svalbard, spent a summer as an REU student at Toolik Lake in Alaska, skied across the Juneau Icefield with the Juneau Icefield Research Program, and volunteered at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre.

For more information, check out:

Ruth's personal website

Ruth's Etsy site PolarPrints, where she sells prints and notecards of field sketches

Twitter: @RuthHeindel


  • Earl Lenker Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College Earth Sciences Faculty, 2017
  • Outstanding Department Teaching Assistant, Dartmouth College Earth Sciences Faculty, 2015
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher, Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, 2015
  • Geological Sciences Senior Award, Brown University Geological Sciences Department, 2010
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