2021 | Byrd Center Symposium on Climate Change

2021 | Byrd Center Symposium on Climate Change

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The purpose of the Byrd Center's annual Symposium is to showcase climate change research at Ohio State and foster interdisciplinary collaboration.

The morning session will celebrate six decades of impact in polar and climate studies with presentations from leading Byrd Center researchers and students.

A lunchtime poster session will allow participants to experience the wide range of climate research at OSU and interact with researchers.

The afternoon session will explore the nexus of climate, water and health with three expert speakers and a panel discussion on this critical, emerging area of interdisciplinary research.




In person: for capacity reasons, in person registration is closed.

Virtual/Zoom: If you would like to attend virtually via Zoom, please register below. 

  • Onsite attendance will be limited. Please only register for onsite attendance if you fully expect to attend. 
  • The onsite registration fee includes light refreshments during breaks.
  • Boxed Lunches will be available with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.
  • Those who indicate an intent to present posters will be asked to submit final titles and abstracts in late September, as well as pdf versions of the poster to place online.
  • Registration and lunch fees will be waived for student poster presenters.
  • Closed captioning will be provided, as well as other accommodations as requested on the registration.
  • Onsite attendees will be expected to follow OSU protocols regarding the prevention of  COVID-19 transmission.
  • All fees will be refunded if changes in COVID-19 restrictions prevent onsite attendance.


9:00 Welcome and Introduction
  • Ian Howat, Director, Byrd Center
  • Peter Mohler, Vice President of Research
9:15 Six Decades of Global Impact

  • Icy Secrets from the Earth's Highest Mountains
  • Lonnie Thompson, Byrd Center & School of Earth Sciences
  • Glaciers No More: Exploring Dimensions of Tropical Climate Change in the Andes
  • Bryan Mark, Byrd Center & Department of Geography
  • Weighing the Antarctic Ice Sheet
  • Terry Wilson, Byrd Center & School of Earth Sciences
10:30 Break
11:00 Student Presentations

  • Phosphorus Retention In Agricultural Headwater Streams
  • Ryan Benefiel, McKenzie-Brecher Scholarship Winner & Undergraduate, Earth Sciences
  • Lead in OSU drinking water
  • Kat Zic, McKenzie-Brecher Scholarship Winner & Undergraduate, Environmental Science
  • Capturing historical meteorological drought trends across the U.S. during the 20th century and beyond to the last millennium
  • Kay Sung, PhD Student, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering
  • Nanoparticles in ancient Antarctic ice
  • Madeleine Lomax-Vogt, PhD Student, School of Earth Sciences
12:00 Lunch & Posters
(posters are available online at: go.osu.edu/climate-posters)
1:30 Perspectives on Climate, Water and Health
3:00 Break
3:15 Panel Discussion on Climate, Water & Health
Panelists: Aaron Wilson, Rachel Coyte, Michael Bisesi & Smitha Rao
5:00 Adjourn