Originally from Newton, MA (USA), through a love of the outdoors and some fortuitous travelling, Allen came to develop a fascination with glaciers and all things polar. Allen studied Chemistry and Earth & Planetary Sciences (with a citation in French Language) at Harvard University from 2004 until 2008; for a summer field course, he participated as a student researcher on the Juneau Ice field Research Program 2007. After completing his undergraduate degree, he moved to Cambridge, England in October 2009 to begin an MPhil in Polar Studies at Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) funded by Trinity College's Eben Fiske Studentship and continued at SPRI to complete his PhD supported by a US National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Currently  he is a Research Associate at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado,

Volunteer experience includes president and vice president, Association of Polar Early Career Scientists, 2010–2012; session co-convener, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 2011; -co-organizer, APECS Polar Career Development Mentor Panel, side event at AGU Fall Meeting, 2011; committee member and early-career representative, International Polar Initiative Steering Group, 2010–present; cryosphere theme leader, Earth Observation Technology Cluster, 2010–2012; organizing committee, Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium, 2010.
Allen has participated in field research in locations such as New England (structural geology), Southeast Alaska's Juneau Icefield (GPS surveys, mass balance), Namibia (carbonate geology, Snowball Earth), and Antarctica's Dry Valleys (cosmogenic nuclide analysis). With a diverse research background, Allen's current research focuses on remote sensing of the cryosphere.  More on Dr. Allen Pope
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