Our September Membership Meeting will feature world reknowned paleoclimatologist Dr. Lonnie G. Thompson.
Lonnie G. Thompson is a Distinguished University Professor in Ohio State's School of Earth Sciences and he is a Senior Research Scientist at the Byrd Polar Research Center, leading the Ice Core Paleoclimatology Research Group. He received a B.Sc. in geology at Marshall University, his M. Sc. in Geology and Ph.D. at Ohio State University.
Professor Thompson is one of the world's foremost authorities on paleoclimatology and glaciology. He has led more than 50 expeditions during the last 30 years, conducting ice-core drilling programs in the world's polar regions as well as in tropical and subtropical ice fields.
In 2007, Professor Thompson was awarded the Seligman Crystal, the highest professional award in Glaciology, and the National Medal of Science, the highest honor that the United States can give to an American scientist. He and his team were the subject of Thin Ice: Unlocking the Secrets of Climate in the World's Highest Mountains, a book by Mark Bowen published in late 2005.
Professor Thompson's research has resulted in major revisions in the field of paleoclimatology, in particular, by demonstrating how tropical regions have undergone significant climate variability, countering an earlier view that higher latitudes dominate climate change.
Note: Biographical information from OSU website: http://cwc.osu.edu/contacts/bios/thompson.php