Ryan Galley

Research Assistant Professor
Centre for Earth Observation Science

Adjunct Professor
Department of Geological Sciences

Ph.D. Sea ice Geophysics and Climatology, University of Manitoba (2009)
B.Sc. Major with distinction, Environmental Science, University of Manitoba (2001)


I currently supervise one Ph.D. student, and one NSERC undergraduate summer research awardee.  I currently sit on two Ph.D. student committees. I have co-supervised one Ph.D. student to completion.
Lecturer – Optical Remote Sensing of Oceans - International Arctic Research Center (IARC) Summer School (University of Alaska – Fairbanks) aboard I/B Kapitan Dranitsyn (summer 2005)
GEOG 3200 – Introduction to Remote Sensing (Guest Lecturer)
GEOG 2310 – Introduction to Process Hydrology (Guest Lecturer)
GEOG 7440 – Climate Change (Course Coordinator)
GEOG 7440 – Arctic Climate Change (Course Instructor)

Research Interests:

I am interested in physical processes in snow and sea ice, and how these processes affect ocean-atmosphere interaction in the Arctic through the seasons at a variety of scales.  At the small scale, I’m interested in the temporal and spatial evolution of brine and gas inclusions in sea ice.  My students and I work on elucidating physical controls on the presence, morphological changes, and movement of brine and gas inclusions within and from sea ice at its interfaces with the atmosphere and ocean.  This work has, and will continue to necessitate considerable novel method development in the laboratory, in sea ice mesocosms like the Sea ice Environmental Research Facility (SERF) at the University of Manitoba, and in the field.
At the local to regional scales, I’m interested in the measurement and temporal evolution of snow and sea ice volumes, and the thermodynamic and dynamic processes which create, maintain and change them. This research is still driven by in situ measurements, complimented and enhanced by remote sensing. To this end I am continuing to improve the reliability and effectiveness and to reduce the cost of remote, persistent, autonomous sea ice and snow mass balance monitoring technologies for deployment in the Arctic marine cryosphere with the help of academic and private sector collaborators.
I am a member of the Arctic Science Partnership (www.asp-net.org).

Contact Info:

530 Wallace Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB
R3T 2N2

(204) 272-1540