Benjamin Hills

Benjamin Hills

M.S. Candidate

Office: ISB 406
Email: benjamin.hills@umontana.edu
Office Hours:

Thursday 9-11

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Teaching Assisstant


Intro to Physical Geology (Geo 102)

Personal Summary

I grew up in Helena, Montana where I learned quickly that I want to work in the outdoors. However, my academic interests have typically been in mathematics and engineering. At Montana State University in Bozeman I found a good compromise between my desire to work in the outdoors and my computational strengths with an earth science degree emphasizing in snow mechanics. After my B.S., I moved to Juneau Alaska to work as a river guide, but shortly returned to Bozeman to volunteer for the ski patrol at Big Sky Ski Resort. My year away from academics taught me that I belong at a university, so I am back in school working toward an M.S. studying the physics of glaciers and ice sheets. 


B.S. Earth Science, 2014 (Highest Honors) Montana State University

Research Interests

Ice Sheet Dynamics, Cryosphere, Heat Transfer, Ice Geophysics


My master's thesis is focused on characterizing the mechanisms which control heat transfer in the Greenland Ice Sheet ablation area. 

Field of Study



Montana University System Undergraduate Scholarship

Specialized Skills

I have a lot of experience programming in python, including finite element modeling using FEniCS. I also have some experience in different computer languages (R, Matlab, bash).

I have experience building electronics for measuring and logging data.

I have an EMT license as well as swiftwater rescue and avalanche certifications.

Teaching Experience

Intro to Physical Geology TA (University of Montana)

Undergraduate Tutor (Montana State University)

Professional Experience

Research Assisstant (University of Montana, 2015)

Teaching Assisstant (University of Montana, 2015)

International Experience

Field Campaign, Greenland (2015 and 2016)

Study Abroad, University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand (2012)


Skiing, Hiking, Rafting