United States
Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

PLR/ANT announcement: Dr. Thomas Wilch appointed Antarctic Earth Sciences Program Director

Subject: Appointment of Dr. Thomas Wilch as Antarctic Earth Sciences Program Director

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Thomas Wilch as Program Director for Antarctic Earth Sciences (AES) as a participant in the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Program (IPA). He will be replacing Dr. Mark Kurz, who has managed the AES program since April 2013 and whose appointment ends on September 30, 2015.

Dr. Wilch has worked on a variety of Antarctic research projects, including two that focus on using volcanic records to reconstruct the history of the Antarctic ice sheet and on the multi-national ANDRILL project, which drills deep into Antarctic sediments to study glacial history and predict future climates. He comes to NSF from Albion College in Albion, Michigan, where he is Chairman of the Department of Geologic Sciences. A Quaternary geologist, he specializes in glacial geology, physical volcanology, and paleoclimate history. He holds a M.S. in Quaternary Studies from University of Maine, Orono, Maine, and a Ph.D. in Geology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Thomas Wilch to the Division of Polar Programs and the GEO team. Dr. Wilch started his NSF appointment on an intermittent basis and will begin full time at NSF on 29 June.

Scott Borg
Head, Antarctic Sciences