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Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Marine Geology and Geophysics
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
107D Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8827
(845) 365-8156


Fields of interest: 
Ice Sheet Dynamics and Mass Balance, Continental Dynamics, Estuarine Processes, Linkages between ice sheet processes and subglacial geology. Interaction of ecosystems and geologic systems from microbes to benthic habitats. Tectonic uplift and feedback mechanisms, Interaction of tectonics and ice sheet dynamics. Gravity and magnetic measurement techniques for marine and airborne applications. Gravity gradiometry.


  • Study of Subglacial Environments ( details )
  • Process Based Studies of Estuaries & Rivers; The Hudson River ( details )
  • Women in Science ( details )


List of degrees from highest to lowest:
M.S., M. Phil, Ph.D.,
Columbia University, New York
B.A. (magna cum laude), Geology,
Middlebury College, Vermont
Honors & Awards: 
Columbia University Department of Geological Sciences Storke Award 1992

Lamont Projects:

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Selected Publications:

Process-related classification of acoustic data from the Hudson River Estuary Nitsche, F. O.; Bell, R.; Carbotte, S. M.; Ryan, W. B. F.; Flood, R. Marine Geology Aug 30 Volume: 209 Issue: 1-4 p.: 131-145 (2004) DOI 10.1016/j.margeo.2004.05.023
Estimating the depth and shape of subglacial Lake Vostok's water cavity from aerogravity data Studinger, M.; Bell, R. E.; Tikku, A. A. Geophysical Research Letters Jun 19 Volume: 31 Issue: 12 p.: - (2004) Doi 10.1029/2004gl019801
Righting the Balance: Gender Diversity in the Geosciences Bell, R. E.; Kastens,KA; Cane,MA; Miller, RB; Mutter, JC; Pfirman,S EOS Transactions Volume: 84 Issue: 31 p.: 292 (2003)
Origin and fate of Lake Vostok water frozen to the base of the East Antarctic ice sheet Bell, R. E.; Studinger, M.; Tikku, A. A.; Clarke, G. K. C.; Gutner, M. M.; Meertens, C. Nature Mar 21 Volume: 416 Issue: 6878 p.: 307-310 (2002)
Influence of subglacial geology on the onset of a West Antarctic ice stream from aerogeophysical observations Bell, R. E.; Blankenship, D. D.; Finn, C. A.; Morse, D. L.; Scambos, T. A.; Brozena, J. M.; Hodge, S. M. Nature Jul 2 Volume: 394 Issue: 6688 p.: 58-62 (1998)