Ellen Mosley-Thompson and Lonnie G. Thompson, Class I Speakers - 2019 Induction Ceremony

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Ellen Mosley-Thompson and Lonnie G. Thompson discuss global climate change in their remarks for Class I: Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the 2019 Induction Ceremony (3:02), following an introduction from Arthur Gelb.

Held on Saturday, October 12, 2019, the Induction Ceremony served as the 2083rd Stated Meeting of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Class speakers included: climatologists Ellen Mosley-Thompson and Lonnie G. Thompson; microbiologist Jo Handelsman; diplomat Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein; historian Margaret D. Jacobs; and lawyer and advocate Sherrilyn Ifill.

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Ellen Mosley-Thompson is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Geography (Atmospheric Science Program) and a Senior Research Scientist in 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 two thousand 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 137 peer-reviewed papers and is the recipient of 53 research grants. She has received the Dan David Prize and the Franklin Medal. She is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the American Philosophical Society. She served several terms on the NAS Polar Research board, five years on its inaugural board on Global Change, and was a member of its committee that produced the 2014 report, The Arctic in the Anthropocene: Emerging Research Questions. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.

Lonnie G. Thompson is a Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and a Research Scientist in the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University (OSU). His research has propelled the field of ice core paleoclimatology out of the Polar Regions to the highest tropical and subtropical ice fields. He and the OSU team have developed light-weight solar-powered drilling equipment for acquisition of histories from ice fields in the tropical South American Andes, the Himalayas, and on Kilimanjaro. These paleoclimate histories have advanced our understanding of the coupled nature of the Earth’s climate system. Special emphasis has been placed on the El Niño and monsoon systems that dominate the climate of the tropical Pacific and affect global-scale oceanic and atmospheric circulation patterns. His observations of glacier retreat over the last three decades confirm that glaciers around the world are melting and provide clear evidence that the warming of the last fifty years is now outside the range of climate variability for several millennia, if not longer. He has published 245 peer-reviewed publications, including several in the journal Science, led 63 field programs, and secured 76 research grants as either the Principal Investigator or as a Co-Principal Investigator. He has been recognized with many honors and awards, including the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize (the World Prize for Environmental Achievement), and the Dan David Prize. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an elected Member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.

Arthur Gelb was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000 and serves as a member of the Academy’s Trust and as Chair of the Academy’s Investment Committee.

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