Ellen Mosley-Thompson

Distinguished University Professor, Geography (Atmospheric Sciences); Senior Research Scientist, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
Principal Investigator

Current CV: Ellen Mosley-Thompson CV.pdf

Interests: Paleoclimatology, Ice Cores, Climate Change

Current Research: I am a paleoclimatologist who uses the chemical and physical properties of ice cores collected from polar ice sheets and mountain ice fields to reconstruct Earth's climate history. To date, I have led nine expeditions to Antarctica and six to Greenland to retrieve ice cores. In 2010 I was the principal investigator and field team leader for the ice core drilling project on the Bruce Plateau in the Antarctic Peninsula, which was part of LARISSA (LARsen Ice Shelf System, Antarctica), an International Polar Year initiative funded by the National Science Foundation. My areas of interest include abrupt climate changes, glaciology, glacier retreat, Holocene climate variability, and climate change in the Polar Regions. Research Group Web page.

Courses Taught:
Geography 3901H-Global Climate and Environmental Change: Individuals Matter.

Select Publications:

Goodwin, B. P., E. Mosley-Thompson, A. B. Wilson, S. E. Porter, and M. Roxana Sierra-Hernandez. 2016. Accumulation variability in the Antarctic Peninsula: The role of large-scale atmospheric oscillations and their interactions. J. Clim., 29(7), 2579-2596, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0354.1.

Machguth, H., M. MacFerrin, D. van As,  J. E. Box, C. Charalampidis,  W. Colgan, R. S. Fausto, H. A. J. Meijer, E. Mosley-Thompson, and R. S. W. van de Wal. 2016. Greenland meltwater storage in firn limited by near-surface ice formation.  Nature Clim. Change, 6, 390–393. doi:10.1038/nclimate2899.

Kuipers Munneke, P., S. R. M. Ligtenberg, B. P. Y. Noël, I. M. Howat, J. E. Box, E. Mosley-Thompson, J. R. McConnell, K. Steffen, J. T. Harper, S. B. Das, and M. R. van den Broeke. 2015. Elevation change of the Greenland Ice Sheet due to surface mass balance and firn processes, 1960–2014.  The Cryosphere, 9, 2009-2025, doi:10.5194/tc-9-2009-2015.     

de la Peña, S., I. M. Howat, P. W. Nienow, M. R. van den Broeke, Ellen Mosley-Thompson,  S. F. Price, D. Mair, B. Noël, and A. J. Sole. 2015. Changes in the firn structure of the Greenland Ice Sheet caused by recent warming. The Cryosphere, 9, 1203-1211, doi:10.5194/tc-9-1203-2015.

Porter, S.E. and E. Mosley-Thompson. 2014. Exploring seasonal accumulation bias in a west central Greenland ice core with observed and reanalyzed data. J. Glac., 60(224), 1065-1074.

Buffen, A.M., M.G. Hastings, L.G. Thompson, and E. Mosley-Thompson. 2014. Investigating the preservation of nitrate isotopic composition in a tropical ice core from the Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 2674-2697.

Thompson, L. G., E. Mosley-Thompson, M. E. Davis, V. S. Zagorodnov, I. M. Howat, V. N. Mikhalenko, and P.-N. Lin. 2013. Annually resolved ice core records of tropical climate variability over the past ~1800 years. Science, 340(6135), 945-950.

Thompson, L. G. E. Mosley-Thompson, M. E. Davis, and H. H. Brecher. 2011. Tropical glaciers, recorders and indicators of climate change, are disappearing globally. Annals of Glaciology, 52(59), 23-34.

Thompson, L. G. E. Mosley-Thompson, and M. E. Davis. 2011. A paleoclimatic perspective on the 21st Century glacier loss on Kilimanjaro. Annals of Glaciology, 52(59), 60-68.

Thompson, L. G., H. H. Brecher, E. Mosley-Thompson, D. R. Hardy, and B. G. Mark. 2009. Glacier loss on Kilimanjaro continues unabated. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.0906029106.


Areas of Expertise
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Ice Cores
  • Climate Change
  • Ph.D. 1979, Geography (Climatology, Atmospheric Science), The Ohio State University
  • M.A. 1975, Geography (Climatology, Atmospheric Science), The Ohio State University
  • B.S. 1970, Physics, Marshall University

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