Dr. Bob Bolton joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory in July 2023 as a Staff Research Scientist and is the Deputy of Operations for the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE) Arctic project. His research has focused on understanding the magnitude, timing, and pathways of water in permafrost-affected environments, with recent focus on vegetation-snow-permafrost interactions. As the Deputy of Operations for the NGEE Arctic project, he is responsible all aspects of safety, community engagement and outreach, and international collaborations.
Prior to his arrival at ORNL, Bolton spent the last 12 years as a Research Assistant/Associate Professor at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Bolton is particularly interested in developing a culture of safety, trust, and community engagement as a foundation for scientific endeavors. He is also a co-founder of the Alaska Voices podcast. Bolton received his B.A. in Geology from California Lutheran University, an M.Sc. in Geologic Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Ph.D. in Hydrologic Engineering (Interdisciplinary Studies) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.