Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences (ACINN), 
University of Innsbruck, Austria

orcid: 0000-0001-7314-3000


2009 – 2015  PhD in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada 

2005 – 2009 BSc. Honors in Atmospheric Science with First Class Honors, University of Alberta, Canada 


2020 Senior Scientist, Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences (ACINN), University of Innsbruck, Austria.

2020 Competence Network for Scientific High Performance Computing in Bavaria (KONWIHR) Grant, Regionales Rechenzentrum Erlangen (RRZE), Germany.

2015 – 2020 Postdoctoral researcher, Climate System Research Group, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. Supervisor: Thomas Mölg. Projects: Investigation of the impacts of El Niño-Southern Oscillation on glaciers in East Africa; High-resolution modelling of the recent climate of Bavaria.

2014 – 2015 Postdoctoral researcher, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Supervisor: Walter Immerzeel. Project: High-resolution modelling of atmospheric dynamics and glacier mass balance in the Nepalese Himalaya.

2013 Visiting researcher, University of Innsbruck, Austria. Supervisor: Lindsey Nicholson. Project: Development and evaluation of a model of glacier debris cover with the first treatment of the debris moisture content and its phase.

2012 Visiting researcher (NSERC MSFSS), Technical University of Berlin, Germany. Supervisors: Dieter Scherer and Thomas Mölg. Project: Development of a coupled atmosphere-alpine glacier modelling system and its application in the Karakoram.

2009 – 2011 Sessional and guest lecturer, University of Alberta

2007 – 2009 Research assistant, University of Alberta

Scientific Publications

A full list of peer-reviewed publications is available on my website. Key publications:

Collier, E., Sauter, T., Mölg, T., and Hardy, D.H.: The influence of tropical cyclones on circulation, moisture transport, and snow accumulation at Kilimanjaro during the 2006 – 2007 season, JGR Atmospheres, 124, 6919-6928,, 2019. [pdf]

Collier, E., Maussion, F., Nicholson, L.I., Mölg, T., Immerzeel, W.W. and Bush, A.B.G.: Impact of debris cover on glacier ablation and atmosphere-glacier feedbacks in the Karakoram, The Cryosphere, 9, 1617-1632,, 2015.

Collier, E., Mölg, T., Maussion, F., Scherer, D., Mayer, C., and Bush, A.B.G.: High-resolution interactive modelling of the mountain glacier–atmosphere interface: an application over the Karakoram, The Cryosphere, 7, 779-795,, 2013.

Conference Presentations

A full list of conference presentations is available on my website. Invited conference presentations:

Collier, E., Mölg, T., and Sauter, T: Unraveling glacier change signals in high-mountain regions, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2016, San Francisco, USA, December 16, 2016, Glacier response to climate change I (oral).

Collier, E., Maussion, F., Mölg, T.and Immerzeel, W.W.: Interactively coupled, high-resolution modelling of the atmosphere and glaciers in High Mountain Asia, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics General Assembly 2015, Prague, Czech Republic, June 26, 2015 (oral).

Collier, E. and Immerzeel, W.W.: Himalayan atmospheric dynamics revealed by high-resolution atmospheric modelling and high-altitude observations, 5th Third Pole Environment Workshop, Berlin, Germany, December 8, 2014 (oral).

Collier, E., Mölg, T., Nicholson, L.I., Maussion, F., Scherer, D., Bush, A.B.G.: New insights into the multi-scale climatic drivers of the “Karakoram anomaly,” American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2012, San Francisco, USA, December 6, 2012, Climate-Glacier Dynamics in the Himalaya II (oral).

Scholarships & Awards

2013 Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship

2012 NSERC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

2010  NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)*

Alberta Ingenuity PhD Graduate Student Scholarship

President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction

2009 NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (Masters)

2008 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award

2007 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award

*$105,000; only seven awarded at the University of Alberta in 2010

Professional activities

  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Glaciology, The Cryosphere, Water Resources Research, Nature Climate Change, Climate Dynamics, NPJ Climate and Atmospheric Science, HESS
  • Proposal Reviewer: NSF, CSCS Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, Marsden Fund
  • Reviewer of the IPCC AR6 report
  • Session Convener (EGU 2019)
  • Community contributor to the atmospheric model WRF

Other relevant training

  • Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF) course on “Python for HPC” (2020)
  • edX – HarvardX – PH526x: Using Python for Research (2020)
  • Karthaus Summer School on “Ice Sheets and Glaciers in the Climate System” (2010)

Technical Skills

Programming Languages: Fortran 90, Python, shell scripting

Software: LATEX, Vim, Git, Adobe Illustrator


English (native) and German (B2.1)