Welcome! My name is Paepin.

I'm a cryosphere scientist, geomorphologist, and science writer.

About

Hello! I am a doctoral student at Texas State University studying the cryosphere and high mountain environments. Specifically, I study glaciers, rock glaciers, and alpine ecology.

My research involves understanding the degree to which glacial and permafrost landforms supply the hydrology and impact the biota of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This involves the collection and analyses of data sets that quantify cryosphere change, but also focuses on improving the understanding of cryosphere geomorphology and ecology overall.

My study cites are located in the Teton, Wind River, and Gros Ventre Mountain Ranges in Wyoming, U.S.A. I also have study sites along the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. (To read more about my current projects, scroll down to the “research” section below or click the “research” tab above.)

In addition to conducting scientific research, I serve the public as a science communicator. My experience in multimedia combined with my scientific knowledge has helped me to serve the public as a science journalist, photographer, audio storyteller, and videographer. (To read more about my work in communication, scroll down to the “science writing” section below or click the “science writing” tab above.)

Blog

Fuji-san Summit!

Posted on September 12, 2017

Fuji-san Summit!

September 10-11, 2017 Distance: 9.6 mi from Fifth Station (15.3 km) Elevation Gain: 5800 ft…

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Fujikawaguchiko

Posted on September 12, 2017

Fujikawaguchiko

Today, we took a long, long bus ride from Shibuya to Kawaguchiko, a city just…

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Yokohama

Posted on September 9, 2017

Yokohama

Short post today! We started off the morning with some more Japanese TV (of course).…

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Chuo, Ueno, & Shinjuku

Posted on September 8, 2017

Chuo, Ueno, & Shinjuku

Since we've been in Japan, our days have been long and packed with cool stuff.…

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Shibuya & Shinjuku

Posted on September 7, 2017

Shibuya & Shinjuku

The time change hasn't quite set in for us yet, so we've been waking up…

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Tokyo-to!

Posted on September 6, 2017

Tokyo-to!

It took nearly two days worth of travel time to get here, but my sister…

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Dubois Badlands

Posted on July 28, 2017

Dubois Badlands

In the Tetons, you'll often come across hitchhikers on the inner- and outer-mountain roads. Most…

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Cascade Canyon, South

Posted on July 27, 2017

Cascade Canyon, South

Days 14-16 July 24-26, 2017 Distance: 19.5 mi (31.4 km) Elevation Gain: 3018 ft (920…

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Lake Solitude Trail

Posted on July 27, 2017

Lake Solitude Trail

Day 15 July 25, 2017 Distance: 2.7 mi from campground (4.5 km) Elevation Gain: 681…

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Cascade Canyon, North

Posted on July 27, 2017

Cascade Canyon, North

Days 14-16 July 24-26, 2017 Distance: 19.5 mi (31.4 km) Elevation Gain: 3018 ft (920…

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Enter Moose, Exit Scientists

Posted on July 22, 2017

Enter Moose, Exit Scientists

Day 12 July 22, 2017 This morning, Madelyn and I laid out a transect at…

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Granite Canyon Trail

Posted on July 21, 2017

Granite Canyon Trail

Days 9-10 July 19-20, 2017 Distance: 14.9 mi (24 km) Elevation Gain: 1843 ft (562…

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Alaska Creek Trail

Posted on July 20, 2017

Alaska Creek Trail

Day 8 July 18, 2017 Distance: 0.85 mi (1.4 km) In an attempt to fill…

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Trail Creek, Idaho

Posted on July 18, 2017

Trail Creek, Idaho

Day 7 July 17, 2017 Today, we drove over to Idaho via Teton Pass. The…

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Death Canyon Trail

Posted on July 17, 2017

Death Canyon Trail

Day 6 July 16, 2017 Distance: 11.42 mi (18.4 km) Elevation Gain: 2164 ft (659…

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Lupine Meadows/Bradley Lake Trail

Posted on July 15, 2017

Lupine Meadows/Bradley Lake Trail

Day 4 July 14, 2017 Distance: 5.82 mi (9.3 km) Elevation Gain: 1003 ft (306…

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Taggart Lake Trail

Posted on July 14, 2017

Taggart Lake Trail

Day 3 July 13, 2017 Distance: 4.15 mi (6.7 km) Elevation Gain: 368 ft (112…

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Transect Line Sampling, Pilot

Posted on July 14, 2017

Transect Line Sampling, Pilot

2017 Field Trip, Day 3 Today, Madelyn and I piloted our transect methodology at Schwabacher…

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2017 Field Trip, Day 2

Posted on July 12, 2017

2017 Field Trip, Day 2

We spent our first full day in the Tetons doing short hikes to help acclimate…

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Welcome to the Research Station

Posted on July 11, 2017

Welcome to the Research Station

The University of Wyoming National Park Service Research Station, also known as the AMK Ranch,…

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VIDEO: River Road, GTNP

Posted on July 6, 2017

VIDEO: River Road, GTNP

Flash back to that one time I thought I was going to take a short,…

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Meet Madelyn

Posted on June 27, 2017

Meet Madelyn

At the tail end of 2016, I realized my dissertation project could benefit from some…

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Review: Intex Explorer 200, “Pack” Raft

Posted on June 20, 2017

Review: Intex Explorer 200, “Pack” Raft

One of my field objectives is to measure the depth of a meltwater pond -…

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GPS Tracking: Spot PLB & Map My Run

Posted on June 20, 2017

GPS Tracking: Spot PLB & Map My Run

I've used the Spot PLB a few times now and I'm pretty confident that it'll…

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Building a Quadrat

Posted on June 19, 2017

Building a Quadrat

In an effort to cut down on the cost of doing fieldwork this summer, I…

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Spot Gen3 Tracking

Posted on June 18, 2017

Spot Gen3 Tracking

When Madelyn and I set out on our two-day methods trial run, we tracked our…

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Pre-Trip Field Day Test

Posted on June 17, 2017

Pre-Trip Field Day Test

Before heading off into the field, I decided to trial a few aspects of my…

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2017 Field Trip, Tetons

Posted on June 15, 2017

2017 Field Trip, Tetons

From July 12th - August 2nd, I'll be back in the field. I'm heading to…

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Beaver Habitat Attributes

Posted on June 14, 2017

Beaver Habitat Attributes

Here, I offer a gallery-style index of beaver habitat attributes.

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Coffee in the Field

Posted on June 13, 2017

Coffee in the Field

If you know me, you probably know I'm weird about coffee - or I guess…

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Research

Current Projects

 

Rock Glaciers as Water Towers

My dissertation project explores the hierarchy of rock glacier relationships in the Grand Teton, Wind River, and Gros Ventre Ranges of the GYE.

Rock Glacier Meltwater Ponds

This project explores the water source(s) for a pond at the terminus of a rock glacier in the Teton Mountain Range.

Snake River Ecology

This project explore North American beaver habitat variables at a chosen study site at Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park.

 

 

Publications

Goff, P. 2017. Glacial Depositional Processes and Landforms. The International Encyclopedia of Geography. 1–7, 2998-3004.

Goff, P. 2017. Quaternary Geomorphology and Landscapes. The International Encyclopedia of Geography. 1–7, 5470-5476.

Goff, P. 2017. Source-to-Sink Fluxes in Undisturbed Cold Environments, Achim Beylich, John Dixon, Zbigniew Zwolinski, 2016. Book Review. Geomorphology. In progress.

Goff, P. & Butler, D.R. 2016. James Dyson (1948) Shrinkage of Sperry and Grinnell Glaciers, Glacier National Park, Montana. Geographical Review 38(1): 95-103. 40(4):616-621. DOI 10.1177/0309133316652820.

Goff, P. 2016. Landscapes and Landforms of Spain, Francisco Gutiérrez, Mateo Gutiérrez, Springer, Dordrecht, 2014. Book Review. Geomorphology. In press. DOI 10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.08.014.

 

 

Conference Proceedings

Goff, P. & Butler, D.R. 2017. Rock Glaciers as Water Towers in the Wind River, Gros Ventre, and Grand Teton Ranges: Using Remotely Sensed Imagery to Investigate Terminal Meltwater Features with Implications for Biota and Human Populations. Illustrated Paper Presentation. AAG Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.

Gharehchahi, S.; Brasher, S.; Villa, J.; Goff, P.; Butler, D.R. 2017. Traumatic Rows of Resin Ducts as a Result of Geomorphic Processes in Western North America. Paper Presentation. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.

Goff, P. & Gonzalez, M. 2017. An Analysis of Castor canadenis Habitat on the Snake River at Schwabacher Landing in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Through Remote Sensing and Field Observations. Poster Presentation. Texas State Graduate Student Research Symposium. San Marcos, TX.

Goff, P. 2017. Rock Glaciers as Water Towers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Paper Presentation. Texas State Graduate Student Research Symposium. San Marcos, TX.

Goff, P. 2016. An Inventory of Rock Glacier Landforms in the Wind River and Gros Ventre Ranges of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. 2016. Paper Presentation. Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Biennial Scientific Conference. Jackson Hole, WY.

Goff, P. 2016. Identifying Rock Glacier Landforms in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Methodology, Taxonomy, and a Primary Inventory. 2016. Paper Presentation. Geological Society of America Conference. Denver, CO.

Goff, P. 2016. Climate Change Framing in The New York Times. 2015.
Poster Presentation. The Southwest American Association of Geographers San Antonio, TX.

Wilson, K. and Goff, P. 2014. Crikey! Multimedia Reporting on Global Environmental Issues. Round Table Discussion. The Annual Conference for the Society of Environmental Journalists, New Orleans, LA.

Science Writing

Portfolio

Contact

Id love to hear from you. Feel free to send me an email or contact me straight from this page.

  • Austin, Texas

  • 512-690-1244

  • paepin@utexas.edu

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