Ken Mankoff



email: mankoff (at)


Research focus: Ice sheets and polar oceans as indicators of climate change.


Ken Mankoff is a research scientist studying ice sheets and polar oceans as indicators of climate change. He is formally trained as a computer scientist and earth scientist focusing on polar glacier hydrology and oceanography, and has worked in the following areas:

  • Reproducible computational workflows and scientific publications using open source tools.
  • Remote sensing including spacecraft operations and mission control, sensor calibration, and end-user imagery use.
  • Collecting data from high-risk remote field sites such as underneath a glacier, within a crevasse field, or from the ocean at the edge of calving glaciers.
  • Custom or novel sensor life-cycle – Design, development, construction, deployment, operation, and field repair/debugging.
  • Leading logistically complicated field campaigns with international stakeholders and participants ranging from multi-national corporations to Ph.D. students.
  • Public outreach and education including popular press interviews, museum display creation, and speaking engagements on all seven continents from the U.N. General Assembly Room to kindergarten classrooms.


B.S. (2001) University of Colorado, Boulder (Computer Science)
Ph.D. (2013) University of California, Santa Cruz (Earth and Planetary Science)


For a complete publication list, see Ken Mankoff on Google Scholar.

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