Dr. Zabel’s research background includes condensed matter physics, geophysics, remote sensing, and radar systems. She did modeling and field work on sea ice and the Greenland ice sheet while at the Byrd Polar Research Center, and on surveillance radar at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Her teaching experience ranges from graduate and undergraduate courses to early childhood science enrichment programs.

Dr. Zabel works on making climate change science accessible to the public via exhibits at the Museum of the Earth and the Cayuga Nature Center and other educational programs, including educational activities for campers at the Cayuga Nature Center. She is interested in the role of citizen science projects in studying climate change.

Selected Publications

  • Spectral and Angular Ground-Based Radar Backscatter Measurements of Greenland Snow Facies, with F. Baumgartner, K. Jezek, R. R. Forster, and S. P. Gogineni, Proc. IGARSS, 1053-1055 (1999).
  • Inverse Electromagnetic Scattering Models for Sea Ice, with 16 other authors, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 36, No. 5, 1675-1704 (1998)
  • Search for proxy indicators of young sea ice thickness, with K. C. Jezek, S. P. Gogineni, and P. Kanagaratnam, Journal of Geophysical Research 101, 6697-6709 (1996).
  • Ground-based radar observations of snow stratigraphy and melt processes in the percolation facies of the Greenland ice sheet, with K. C. Jezek, P. A. Baggeroer, and S. P. Gogineni, Annals of Glaciology 21, 40-44, (1995).
  • Microwave scattering from saline ice using plane wave illumination, with K. Jezek, P. Gogineni, L. Peters, J. Young, S. Beaven, and E. Nassar, Proc. IGARRS 94 Symposium, 493-495 (1994).
  • Consistency in long term observations of oceans and ice from space, with K. C. Jezek, Journal of Geophysical Research 99, 10,109 (1994).
  • Photonic band structures of optically anisotropic periodic arrays, with D. Stroud, Physical Review B 48, 5004 (1993).
  • Metal clusters and model rocks: electromagnetic properties of conducting fractal aggregates, with D. Stroud, Physical Review B 46, 8132 (1992).
  • Optical analog of the permeability of sandstones, with B. R. De, D. Stroud, and M. A. Nelson, Physical Review B 45, 196 (1992).
  • Far-infrared absorption by fractal metal clusters, with D. Stroud, Physical Review B 43, 9965 (1991).