Festival Year: 2024

Ellen Mosley-Thompson

Roles: Subject

Ellen Mosley-Thompson is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Geography (Atmospheric Science Program) and a Senior Research Scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University. She uses the chemical and physical properties preserved in cores collected from both polar ice sheets and high mountain glaciers to reconstruct Earth’s complex climate history. These records indicate that Earth’s climate has moved outside the range of natural variability experienced over at least the last 2000 years.

She has led nine expeditions to Antarctica and six to Greenland to retrieve ice cores. In 2010 she led the field team for the ice core drilling project on Bruce Plateau (Antarctic Peninsula), a U.S. contribution to the International Polar Year, where the team collected a 448-meter core to bedrock. She has published 151 peer-reviewed papers and is the recipient of 62 research grants as either PI or Co-PI. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She served on the NRC-NAS Committee that produced the 2014 report “The Arctic in the Anthropocene: Emerging Research Questions.”

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Festival Year: 2024