Ellen Mosley-Thompson


Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center


Ohio State University

thompson.4 [at] osu.edu
614-292-6662 or 6531


108E Scott Hall
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Brief Biography

Ellen Mosley-Thompson is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Geography (Atmospheric Science Program) and the Director of 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 2000 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 131 peer-reviewed papers and is the recipient of 51 research grants. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She recently served on the NRC-NAS Committee that produced the 2014 report “The Arctic
in the Anthropocene: Emerging Research Questions.”

Science Specialties

paleoclimatology, glaciology, climatology, climate change

Current Research

Paleoclimate reconstruction from ice cores - Antarctica, the Arctic including Greenland, Tibetan Plateau, South American Andes