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 The latest Byrd Center news and information. 

December, 2018


How do you become the first milkman in Antarctica?

Dairy Cows and Byrd’s Second Expedition to Antarctica, 1933-1935

Find out the answer ▶︎

Paolo Gabrielli:
Awarded New NSF Grant

Atmospheric mineral nanoparticles in Antarctic ice during the last climatic cycle

A National Science Foundation grant has been awarded to Research Scientists Dr. Paolo Gabrielli and Dr. John Olesik. This project will study extremely small atmospheric particles (100 to 1000x smaller than the diameter of a human hair) called nanoparticles, preserved in Antarctic ice. Ice cores from Taylor Glacier will provide a record of nanoparticles transported through the atmosphere and deposited in the pristine Antarctic environment over approximately the last 44,000 years.

Read the full story ▶︎

Mountain Drone Team
Wins Tech Hub’s Student Grant

Congratulations to the Mountain Drone Team for winning at Tech Hub's Student Grant Pitch Night!

Forrest Schoessow, geography Ph.D. student at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, led the presentation for his team’s 3-D mountain-mapping project, which is aimed at using a drone to observe glacial retreat in Peru. The autonomous drone 3-D maps the glaciers and how they’re changing.

Meet the Mountain Drone Team ▶︎


Byrd Fellowship Program

Applications are due by January 31, 2019.


Community Engagement Conference

Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future

January 23 - 24, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Ohio Union
1739 N. High Street
Full details are available at

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.


The Ice Core Expansion Project

70% of Earth’s population lives in and around the Tropics. Thus, it is important to understand both the past natural tropical climatic variability and the drivers of the current accelerating loss of glaciers on tropical mountain ranges. The ongoing loss of these glaciers has serious implications for water resources and the nearly 2 billion people who live in these regions.

Ohio State's Ice Core Facility is the only place in the world where ice from many of these vanishing glaciers still exists. Future generations of scientists will deploy new methods and technologies to answer questions about our future informed by this glacial archive. But, this will happen only if we have facilities with conditions to properly preserve the existing collection and additional space to house unique ice cores acquired from remote mountains before they disappear from nature permanently.

If you are interested in learning more about the project and supporting our research, visit

Support the Byrd Center
and Receive a T-Shirt

Contribute at least $10.00 to either the Ice Core Expansion Campaign, or Friends of the Byrd Center and receive a Byrd Center t-shirt as a gift (while supplies last). Contact Michele Cook to let her know what size and color you would like.
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