Robin E. Bell

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
Selected Publications: 
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

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

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)