Honors & Awards


  • Stanford Science Fellowship, Stanford University (2020-2023)
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2015-2020)
  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Gates Cambridge Trust (2015-2016)
  • Morehead-Cain Scholarship, Morehead-Cain Foundation (2011-2015)

Professional Education


  • PhD, Brown University, Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences (2020)
  • MPhil, University of Cambridge, Polar Studies (2016)
  • BS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Geological Sciences - Geophysics (2015)

Stanford Advisors


All Publications


  • Global Characterization of Inland Water Reservoirs Using ICESat-2 Altimetry and Climate Reanalysis GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Ryan, J. C., Smith, L. C., Cooley, S. W., Pitcher, L. H., Pavelsky, T. M. 2020; 47 (17)
  • Coldest Canadian Arctic communities face greatest reductions in shorefast sea ice NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE Cooley, S. W., Ryan, J. C., Smith, L. C., Horvat, C., Pearson, B., Dale, B., Lynch, A. H. 2020; 10 (6): 533-+
  • Evaluation of CloudSat's Cloud-Profiling Radar for Mapping Snowfall Rates Across the Greenland Ice Sheet JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES Ryan, J. C., Smith, L. C., Wu, M., Cooley, S. W., Miege, C., Montgomery, L. N., Koenig, L. S., Fettweis, X., Noel, B. Y., van den Broeke, M. R. 2020; 125 (4)
  • A High-Resolution Airborne Color-Infrared Camera Water Mask for the NASA ABoVE Campaign REMOTE SENSING Kyzivat, E. D., Smith, L. C., Pitcher, L. H., Fayne, J., Cooley, S. W., Cooper, M. G., Topp, S. N., Langhorst, T., Harlan, M. E., Horvat, C., Gleason, C. J., Pavelsky, T. M. 2019; 11 (18)

    View details for DOI 10.3390/rs11182163

    View details for Web of Science ID 000489101500093

  • Arctic-Boreal Lake Dynamics Revealed Using CubeSat Imagery GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Cooley, S. W., Smith, L. C., Ryan, J. C., Pitcher, L. H., Pavelsky, T. M. 2019; 46 (4): 2111–20
  • AirSWOT InSAR Mapping of Surface Water Elevations and Hydraulic Gradients Across the Yukon Flats Basin, Alaska WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Pitcher, L. H., Pavelsky, T. M., Smith, L. C., Moller, D. K., Altenau, E. H., Allen, G. H., Lion, C., Butman, D., Cooley, S. W., Fayne, J. V., Bertram, M. 2019; 55 (2): 937–53
  • Tracking Dynamic Northern Surface Water Changes with High-Frequency Planet CubeSat Imagery REMOTE SENSING Cooley, S. W., Smith, L. C., Stepan, L., Mascaro, J. 2017; 9 (12)

    View details for DOI 10.3390/rs9121306

    View details for Web of Science ID 000419235700102

  • Observation Bias Correction Reveals More Rapidly Draining Lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-EARTH SURFACE Cooley, S. W., Christoffersen, P. 2017; 122 (10): 1867–81
  • Spatial and temporal patterns in Arctic river ice breakup revealed by automated ice detection from MODIS imagery REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT Cooley, S. W., Pavelsky, T. M. 2016; 175: 310–22