Byrd Center News and Events

August 2019


Geoff Dipre selected as 2020 Knauss Fellowship Finalist
Ohio Sea Grant is proud to announce that four Ohio finalists have been selected as part of the 41st class of the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, a year-long program that places highly qualified graduate students in host offices in the legislative and executive branches of U.S. government. One of these finalists is the Byrd Center's own Geoff Dipre. Congratulations Geoff!
Read the full story here. 
Farmers learn at Field Day in Kalida

Restoring wetlands, soil and water quality were topics adults learned about Wednesday during the fourth annual Field to Lake Agriculture Field Day at Kalida Fish and Game Club in Kalida. Aaron Wilson, Ohio State University atmospheric scientist, gave the keynote address.
Read more about the event here.

Steven Coss awarded NASA Graduate Fellowship

Steven Coss, a PhD student in the Byrd Center's Water Cycle Group supervised by Professor Mike Durand, has been awarded a NASA graduate student fellowship. His project is titled "Are Global Models Correctly Representing Water Storage in Major River Basins? A Comparison of Modeled and Measured Channel Water Storage." Congratulations Steven!


Celebrating 15 Years of the Polar Rock Repository

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Byrd Center
173 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road

Join the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at the Polar Rock Repository to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its establishment.
The Polar Rock Repository (PRR) is a national facility co-located with the Byrd Center. The repository houses over 50,000 rock and unconsolidated samples from Antarctica, South America, and Africa. In addition to the rock collection, the repository database includes field notes, photos, maps, cores, thin sections, and related materials.

Enjoy cake and coffee, explore samples from the 50,000+ piece collection, and learn what's inside a "rock box" as we celebrate 15 years of research at the Polar Rock Repository! To learn more about the Polar Rock Repository, visit their website at

Please RSVP for the event here.

Climate Change Impacts on Kiribati

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 3:45 pm
Byrd Center
Scott Hall 177, 1090 Carmack Rd
The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati is one of the first that will be underwater in the coming decades with rising sea levels and with more frequent extreme weather. 

Dr. Mike Roman, now an academic adivsor at the University of Cincinnati, volunteered with the Peace Corps in 2000 and connected with the people of Kiribati. He has returned multiple times and continues to advocate for the people through the co-founding of Humans of Kiribati. He will be discussing how climate change has impacted the island nation, and what their future may hold with or without intervention.
Anote's Ark Screening 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6:30pm
Franklin Park Conservatory
Wells Barn 
1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 

Join us for a free screening of the movie Anote's Ark and a panel discussion with Dr. Mike Roman and the Byrd Center's Jason Cervenec at the Franklin Park Conservatory. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be provided. Registration recommended at

Watch the trailer at

Women in Antarctica:
Celebrating 50 Years of Exploration

Thursday & Friday, October 17 - 18, 2019
Byrd Center
Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road
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 polar scientists, historians, explorers, and two members of the original team. The symposium will look at women’s past, present, and future in science, research, discovery, and leadership.
For more information, contact any organizing committee member: Laura KisselAnne GrunowMelisa DiazMichele CookJason Cervenec.
For the most current information and registration:
Save the Date: 2020 Byrd Center Symposium


LEGO League Support
Support STEM education for youth who “research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution, and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design” through the Byrd Center FIRST LEGO League teams. FIRST = For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology ( Funds are used toward costs of annual team registration, LEGO robotics, competition boards, software, team research materials, and supplies. This fund is Directed by Dr. Bryan Mark.
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