Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
David Bromwich is a Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Polar Meteorology Group at the Byrd Polar Research Center of Ohio State University. He is also a Professor with the Atmospheric Sciences Program of the Department of Geography. Dr. Bromwich’s research interests include the role of the Antarctic and Arctic in the global climate system using observations and modeling, and the contribution of Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets to global sea level change. He chaired the NRC Committee on the Design of the Martha Muse Award to Support the Advancement of Antarctic Researchers, and also served on the NRC Polar Research Board, on the committee for Future Science Opportunities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean (NRC, 2011), and on the NRC Committee on Geophysical and Environmental Data. He currently serves as Chief Officer of the SCAR Standing Scientific Group on Physical Sciences. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, the Royal Meteorological Society, and the Association of American Geographers. Dr. Bromwich earned his Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
John Cassano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research involves the study of the meteorology and climate of both polar regions using regional climate models and numerical weather prediction models, in-situ and remotely sensed observations, and various data analysis techniques. Dr. Cassano’s main areas of active research include regional climate modeling and model development, autonomous atmospheric observations, and analysis of coupled climate system processes. He is a member of the Academies’ Polar Research Board, and has been active in numerous SCAR-related activities, including the recent SCAR Horizon Scan. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming.
Erin Pettit is a glaciologist, geophysist, and associate professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She earned a Ph.D. in geophysics and glaciology from the University of Washington in 2003. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary aspects of glacial systems within the Antarctic, looking in particular at deformation and properties of ice near ice core sites. As a PI of the LARISSA project, Erin has been significantly involved in studying the rapid changes happening on the Antarctic Peninsula. She has also been involved in ice/ocean interactions, especially underwater acoustics, in Alaska and Greenland. She has also been collaborating with biologists and chemists to study Antarctica’s unique ‘Blood Falls’ feature. Through all of these projects, Erin has been to Antarctica 11 times, collaborating across disciplines as well as internationally. She is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, invited TED speaker, and is actively involved in education and outreach. Erin created and directs “Girls on Ice,” tuition-free wilderness science expeditions for diverse teams of high school girls.
Allan Weatherwax is dean of Merrimack College’s School of Science and Engineering and professor of physics. He was previously a professor of physics and dean of the School of Science at Siena College, and was on faculty at the University of Maryland and Washington College. Professor Weatherwax is an internationally recognized authority on the interaction of planetary and terrestrial radio emissions, both natural and man-made, with space environment. His principal research interests have included space plasmas, geophysics, and engineering problems related to the impacts of atmospheric and space processes on space and terrestrial technologies. He directs optical, radio, and magnetic experiments in Antarctica, Canada, and Greenland. Professor Weatherwax serves on numerous national and international committees, including recent service on the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of more than 75 engineering and science papers. Professor Weatherwax received his Ph.D. in physics from Dartmouth.