University of California, Los Angeles
PhD Student in Geography, Exp. June 2020. Advisor: Laurence C. Smith

University of Cambridge
MPhil with Distinction in Polar Studies, Scott Polar Research Institute, Sept. 2016. Advisor: Poul Christoffersen
Dissertation: A 16-year record of supraglacial lake extent in West Greenland: analysis of inland expansion and rapid drainage events

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BS with Highest Honors and Highest Distinction in Geophysics, Math Minor, May 2015. 
Honors Thesis: Observing spatial and temporal patterns in river ice breakup with MODIS imagery

Honors and Awards

UCLA Canadian Studies Research Fellowship, 2017
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016-2019
Gates Cambridge Scholarship, 2015-2016
Op White Award - UNC Chancellor's Award for the Outstanding Senior in Geological Sciences, 2015
First Prize Undergraduate Presentation - UNC Anadarko Research Symposium, 2015
Phi Beta Kappa, 2014
Morehead-Cain Scholarship - Full merit-based scholarship and funded summer enrichment program, 2011-2015
National Merit Scholar, 2011-2015


In review: Cooley, S.W. and P. Christoffersen, Observation bias correction reveals more rapidly draining lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface. 

Cooley, S.W. and T.M. Pavelsky (2016), Spatial and temporal patterns in Arctic river ice breakup revealed by automated ice detection using MODIS imagery, Remote Sensing of Environment 175, 310-322.

Oral: Cooley, S.W. and P. Christoffersen, Characterizing the frequency and elevation extent of rapid drainage events in West Greenland, AGU Fall Meeting 2016, San Francisco, California. 

Poster: Cooley, S.W. and T.M. Pavelsky, Spatial and temporal patterns in Arctic river ice breakup revealed by automated ice detection from MODIS imagery, EGU General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria.


Greenland 2016 – Six weeks studying the seasonal evolution of the surface hydrology of the ice sheet margin outside Kangerlussuaq

Alaska 2013 – Participant in the Juneau Icefield Research Program. Conducted independent research on surface strain rates on Taku Glacier


Mount Rainier National Park, Paradise, WA, June-September 2015
Geoscientist-in-the-Park (Interpretation Division)

UNC Department of Geological Sciences, Chapel Hill, NC Fall 2012, Fall 2014
Geology 72H Teaching Assistant

UNC Office for Undergraduate Research, Chapel Hill, NC 2014-2015
Undergraduate Research Ambassador

Teaching and Outreach