Dr Vogel is a glaciologist with the ACE Cryosphere Program and Australian Antarctic Division. He has worked across a wide spectrum of Cryospheric Sciences. His current work interests are in the areas of ice-ocean-climate interaction processes, Antarctic ice sheet mass balance and the behaviour of the ice sheet due to internal dynamics and climatic changes. He has a PhD in Earth Sciences and holds degrees in Geography and Physical Education. He also did an apprenticeship as carpenter and has extensive work experience as a mechanic working with metals and producing machinery. In addition he is certified Wilderness First Responder, has extensive outdoor educational and outdoor leadership experience and a keen interest leadership training and sustainability. His academic and educational background suits him well in interdisciplinary research and allows him to integrate between science and technology.
Over the past years his work focused on subglacial environments and subglacial hydrological processes influencing ice sheet dynamics and ice-ocean interactions including mobilisation and flux of nutrients to the ocean. In his work he combined numerical modelling with borehole observations and was instrumental in the development of specialised oceanographic/hydrological instrumentation.
Some highlights of his work are: a study in the distribution of basal melting and freezing beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet and the distribution and properties of the subglacial hydrological system underlying West Antarctic ice streams; a study of subglacial sediment properties investigating geologic constraints on the existence, distribution and impact of West Antarctic subglacial volcanism; involvement in the ANDRILL MIS project – deciphering climatic changes and ice sheet evolution from a carbonate stratigraphy; and the development of specialised ice borehole deployable oceanographic instrumentation for the study of physical and chemical properties of subglacial hydrological systems, combining in-situ observations with user-controlled targeted sampling and on-site laboratory measurements.
In earlier work he was studying the distribution of snow and ice in a north European alpine environment using remote sensing classifications, measuring turbulent heat fluxes over a snow cover and modelling the surface energy balance of snow covers in the Black Forest, Germany. He has worked in various remote areas in Antarctica (Antarctic Peninsula, West Antarctica), Scandinavia, Iceland and the USA.