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 The latest Byrd Center news and information. 

January, 2019


Columbus Climate Change Action Plan

A task force led by Byrd Center researchers released a report addressing ways Columbus must adapt to withstand the increasing impacts of climate change.

Read the full report ▶︎

Polar Rock Repository

The Polar Rock Repository is excited to announce the release of a brand new website.

Explore our collection ▶︎

AGU Highlights | Fall 2018

Here's a selection of presentations by Byrd Center members from December's AGU Meeting:

See what we've been researching ▶︎


McKenzie-Brecher Undergraduate Scholarship

2018 McKenzie-Brecher Scholarship recipient, Kira Harris, studying:
Geomorphic and Sedimentological Controls on Hyporheic Flow in an Alpine River

Kira Harris, a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Earth Sciences and an Education and Outreach Intern at the Byrd Center, used her McKenzie-Brecher Scholarship to purchase equipment for her undergraduate research project and support travel to a national meeting.

Last summer, Kira aided graduate student Amelia Nelson in her thesis data collection in Colorado. While there, Kira was able to collect her own data to better understand the physical behavior of alpine rivers.

This data was then analyzed and the preliminary results presented as a first-author poster at the 2018 Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in Indianapolis where she earned a Hydrogeology Section award.

Your contributions to the McKenzie-Brecher Scholarship fund make opportunities such as these possible.
Contribute to the McKenzie-Brecher Scholarship Fund


Byrd Fellowship Program

2019 Call for Applications.
The Byrd Fellowship Program for Postdoctoral Researchers is accepting applications through January 31, 2019. Please share this information within your professional networks.


Byrd Center Archives Scholar Presentation

Speaker Series

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
3:45 - 4:45 pm
The Byrd Center
177 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road
The Byrd Center Archives Scholar Presentation will be given by Dr. Jean De Pomereau.

Community Engagement Conference

Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future

Wednesday and Thursday, January 23 - 24, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Ohio Union
1739 N. High Street
The last day to register is Friday, January 11, 2018. Full details are available at

Seminar by Dr. Brent Sohngen

Speaker Series

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
3:45 - 4:45 pm
The Byrd Center
177 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road
Seminar by Dr. Brent Sohngen - Professor, Department of Agriculture, Environmental, and Develpmental Economics.

Goldthwait Polar Lecture

2018 Goldthwait Polar Medal Recipient and Lecture: Professor Amy Leventer

Thursday, February 7, 2019
3:30 - 5:00 pm
The Byrd Center
240 Scott Hall (Auditorium), 1090 Carmack Road
2018 Goldthwait Polar Medal recipient and Lecture Professor Amy Leventer, Colgate University, will present: Environmental change in Antarctica: Clues from marine sediments and implications for the future.
Full event details are available at

Seminar by Forrest Schoessow

Speaker Series

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
3:45 - 4:45 pm
The Byrd Center
177 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road
Seminar by Forrest Schoessow - Graduate Student, Department of Geography.

Mapping rock glacier surface elevation changes in Great Basin National Park, NV

Seminar by Chengfei He

Speaker Series

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
3:30 - 5:00 pm
The Byrd Center
177 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road
Seminar by Chengfei He - Graduate Student, Department of Geography.


Byrd Center Symposium:
A Celebration of Women in Antarctica

Thursday & Friday, October 17 & 18, 2019 
Join us for a symposium that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first all-woman research team in Antarctica. Led by Dr. Lois Jones, this team of four women from The Ohio State University made polar history when they went to Antarctica in 1969.

Speakers will include current polar scientists, historians, and two members of the original team. The symposium will look at women’s past, present, and future in science, research, discovery, and leadership roles.

For more information, contact any organizing committee member: Laura Kissel, Anne Grunow, Melisa Diaz, Michele Cook, Jason Cervenec.

For the most current information:

Apply for the Next Generation of Polar Researcher
Leadership Symposium

May 5 - 11, 2019
Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, CA

Details are available at the University of Southern California.


January - Public Tour

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 5:30 to 7:15 pm

February - Public Tour

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 5:30 to 7:15 pm
Each tour lasts approximately 1.5 hrs and includes:
  • Presentation on the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.
  • Description of the research conducted and brief history of the Center as an OSU institution.
  • Tour of the facility, including a look at field equipment, the ice core freezer, and polar rock repository.
Click here for more information and to RSVP
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