Natural and Anthropogenic (that pesky word) Climate Impacts: Evidence from Ice Cores
Teacher and Researcher Class Partners:
Dr. Joseph McConnell and Linda Morris
Dr. Joseph McConnell studies climate and environmental history to understand natural and human-caused changes in the Earth system. He holds degrees from Yale, Stanford, and the University of Arizona. In his work, Dr. McConnell uses polar ice cores as recorders of past climate and environmental change, and focuses on the relationship between aerosols and climate change. His research group has developed and applied methods for making very precise, high-depth-resolution chemical measurements in ice cores. He has applied these methods to cores that he and his colleagues have collected from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets as well as mountain glaciers, leading to records of aerosols extending from today to thousands of years back in time. His research group currently is involved in projects at both poles and in alpine regions in Asia and the Americas.
Joe has been a faculty member at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno NV since 1998. Recent awards include the Inaugural Nazir and Mary Ansari Medal for Excellence in Science (2008) and the Fulbright Traditional Scholars Program: Collaboration in Snow and Ice Chemistry: Industrial Pollution in the Antarctica Peninsula during Recent Centuries (2005/2006). When not doing his research, Joe loves to hike and travel internationally with his family.
Linda Morris is committed to turning kids on to science....a goal she has pursued through a variety of "extreme" career roles, from donning a flight suit to investigating the poles! In her current position as Director of Education & Public Outreach for the NSF-funded Ice Drilling Program Office, she is responsible for the outreach needs of the scientists, drillers and national projects currently conducting paleo-climate research through ice cores.
Linda was formerly the Center Director and Director of Education for the Buehler Challenger & Science Center (Paramus, NJ), where she led program development, training and strategic planning efforts, serving teachers and students from a tri-state area. She has designed and delivered professional development seminars for the Merck Institute for Science Education and the NASA Explorer School Program, and acted as an evaluator for UPenn's Center for Policy Research in Education team.
In her earlier career, she spent ten years as a science specialist at the middle school level and consulted on the design of multiple distance learning programs in the "Passport to Knowledge" and "Earth, the Operator's Manual" series. Linda has a degree in biology from Middlebury College and a Masters in Science Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. When not working, Linda loves to ride horses, pursue dance and do needlework.