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 The latest Byrd Center news and information. 

February, 2019


Congratulations to Michalea King!

Michalea wins her second AGU Outstanding Student Presentation Award

Michalea King, Earth Sciences/Byrd Center Ph.D. candidate, has won her 2nd consecutive Outstanding Student Presentation Award from the American Geophysical Union. This prestigious award is only granted to the top 5% of student participants at the conference, as judged by professional scientists in her field.

Read the full story ▶︎

Weather Forecasting for a Frozen Land

The team at the French-Italian Dome Concordia station launching a weather balloon as part of the YYOPP (PHOTO: Giuseppe Camporeale)

Geography research professor and Byrd Center member David Bromwich is coordinating an international effort under the World Meteorological Organization (Year of Polar Prediction in the Southern Hemisphere: YOPP) to develop much better weather forecast models for the Antarctic region.

Learn more about the Year of Polar Prediction ▶︎

Study: Climate change reshaping how heat moves around globe

Shifts in ocean, atmosphere heat transfer important to watch, researchers say

The Earth’s atmosphere and oceans play important roles in moving heat from one part of the world to another, and new research is illuminating how those patterns are changing in the face of climate change.

“The greenhouse effect and carbon dioxide aren’t the only issues to consider as the planet grows warmer – they are just one part of the equation. The way that the atmosphere and oceans move heat around is changing, too, and this could have significant effects on temperatures around the world,” said Zhengyu Liu, co-lead author of the study and professor of climate dynamics in the Department of Geography at The Ohio State University.

Read the full story ▶︎


McKenzie-Brecher Undergraduate Scholarship

2018 McKenzie-Brecher Scholarship recipient, James White, studying:
Preserved Charcoal as a Proxy for Wildfire Activity in Great Basin National Park

James White, an undergraduate majoring in Atmospheric Sciences, is using his McKenzie-Brecher Scholarship to reconstruct a preliminary history of wildfire in the Great Basin National Park.

James reported, "Since receiving the McKenzie Brecher scholarship, work has progressed quite well.

Last semester, with help of some colleagues at the University of Georgia, we were able to receive several more carbon dates on our cores from Great Basin National Park, allowing us to create a significantly more accurate chronology. Additionally, we finished counting grains of preserved charcoal that were sampled from the project’s two original cores.

Put together, these two elements have enabled us to reconstruct a preliminary history of wildfire in the Park. Early results suggest a marked increase in fire frequency roughly 6,000 years ago.

This semester, we are working to analyze two additional soil cores that were extracted from the park this past summer. 

We just recently took samples of the cores to be dated and have started the lab work required to analyze charcoal frequency throughout the cores. These two new cores should allow us to extend our analysis closer to the modern day while simultaneously providing further data to help strengthen the analysis from our original cores."

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


Seminar by Forrest Schoessow

Speaker Series

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
3:45 - 4:45 pm
The Byrd Center
177 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road
Mapping rock glacier surface elevation changes in Great Basin National Park, NV

Presented by Forrest Schoessow - Graduate Student, Department of Geography.

TEDx by Forrest Schoessow

Saturday, February 23, 2019
12:00 pm
Mershon Auditorium
1871 N High St

In 2015, Forrest Schoessow led a crew of three on the Mississippi River Survey Expedition, canoeing ~2350 miles down the Mississippi River from its headwaters in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.

"I wanted to engage with our public lands and waterways, and to learn more about the Big Muddy's dynamic human and natural systems -- specifically how they coevolve over space and time."

For this TEDx talk, Forrest will be sharing some of what he learned during his three months on the mighty Mississippi.

More info & tickets are available at TEDxOSU.

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.

Seminar by Jim Stagge

Speaker Series

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
3:45 - 4:45 pm
The Byrd Center
177 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road
Drought vulnerability: Lessons from the past, challenges for the future

Presented by Dr. Jim Stagge - Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering

Seminar by Marta Jarzyna

Speaker Series

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
3:45 - 4:45 pm
The Byrd Center
177 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road
Implications of climate change for biodiversity: From species to ecosystems

Presented by Marta Jarzyna - Assistant Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology.


February - Public Tour

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 5:30 to 7:15 pm

March - Public Tour

Wednesday, March 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



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.


National Lacustrine Core Facility and the Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office (CSDCO)

The CSDC offering several upcoming training opportunities:
  • FREE training courses in coring, core description and processing, core software, and more! Short courses are open to all! Registration is open for courses in February, March, and April.
  • Drilling and Coring Summer Institute. This is a comprehensive 10-day course for graduate students, postdocs, and early-career researchers. The application deadline is March 8.
  • Visiting Grad Student Program. Travel grants are provided for graduate students to bring their cores to the CSDCO/LacCore facilities. The application deadline is March 29.
Learn more at CSDCO.
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