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November, 2018

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


The Byrd Center’s Mountain Drone Team is engineering the first, custom-built, unmanned aerial system capable of 3D laser-mapping in high-mountain environments.

This project brings together graduate and undergraduate students from science, technology, and engineering programs at The Ohio State University. As a part of Bryan Mark’s Glacier Environmental Change research group, the Mountain Drone Team (MDT) gives students a chance to investigate how climate change impacts public health.

See where they're flying ▶︎

A new tool from The Ohio State University will help farmers save both money and the environment.

The Field Application Resource Monitor (FARM) uses advanced weather forecasting to advise farmers on when to apply fertilizers and pesticides so that they aren’t washed away by rain.

Read the full story ▶︎

Dr. Kevin Trenberth: 2018 Bownocker Lecture

Watch Dr. Kevin Trenberth, from University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), present "Changes in Extremes with Climate Change" at the 2018 School of Earth Sciences (SES) Bownocker Lecture. The event was held on September 27 and 28, 2018, and Dr. Trenberth was hosted by  Dr. Lonnie Thompson of the Byrd Center and SES.

Watch the lecture ▶︎


Byrd Fellowship Program

Applications are due by January 31, 2019.

Wilderness First Responder Training

Friday, December 14-21, 2018
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Ohio State University Outdoor Adventure Center
855 Woody Hayes Dr.

Visit the Outdoor Adventure Center for program details.


Scaling Controls on Arctic Peatland GHG Emissions

Speaker Series

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
3:45 pm
The Byrd Center | 177 Scott Hall | 1090 Carmack Road
This talk will be presented by Suzanne Hodgkins, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Microbiology.

Lecture: Conversation with Author Laurie Gwen Shapiro

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
4:30 to 6:00 pm
The Ohio State University Main Library
11th Floor | 1858 Neil Avenue Mall
Laurie Gwen Shapiro will discuss her book, The Stowaway, which is about an individual who snuck onto an Antarctica field expedition in the 1920s.
  • Reception at 4:30 pm.
  • Conversation with WOSU’s Ann Fisher at 5:00 pm.
  • Book signing to follow.
Full details are available at


50th Anniversary of the
First All-Women Research Team in Antarctica

Thursday, October 17, 2019 
Friday, October 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 and leadership roles.

Contact Laura Kissel for more information.


November, 2018 - Public Tour

Wednesday, November 28
5:30 to 7:15 pm
Each tour lasts approximately one and a half hours 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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