UNC Graduate Researcher Who Filmed Acclaimed Documentary Earns Prestigious U.S. Geological Survey Grant

Adam LeWinter poses on an active lava flow at Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii. LeWinter earned a grant to continue conducting research alongside a team that includes UNC Professor Steven Anderson.

A graduate student whose work was featured in the critically acclaimed documentary Chasing Ice has earned a $1,500 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Adam LeWinter's proposal to extend a study of the summit vent at Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii was one of three projects in the nation selected for the 2013 Kleinman Grant for Volcano Research.

LeWinter and UNC Professor Steven Anderson are working with the Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Geological Survey to use LiDAR (light detection and ranging) technology to study small changes in Kilauea's craters and lava lake, changes that could trigger explosive activity and increases in lava flow that could potentially endanger lives and property.

Before he enrolled at UNC, LeWinter was part of the film crew that placed time-lapse cameras throughout the Arctic region to track multiyear changes in glaciers for the award-winning documentary Chasing Ice.

LeWinter is working on his master's degree in Earth Sciences at UNC.