Ross A. Virginia

Ross Virginia Reflects on His 27-Year Antarctic Research Project

Just back from his final trip to Antarctica as an investigator for the Long Term Ecological Research Program, Professor Ross Virginia breaks off a conversation and strides across his office to pull out a hundred-year-old volume of Robert Falcon Scott’s The Voyage of the Discovery.

“This is his first expedition. It’s just a treasure,” says Virginia, the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science.

“I’m just amazed and fascinated by all of this,” he says as he thumbs through the collected journals of the British explorer who, in 1912, was the second man to reach the South Pole (achieving the feat just 34 days behind Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen).

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Professor Ross Virginia Named AAAS Fellow

Dartmouth’s new AAAS fellows include Nathaniel Dominy, a professor of anthropology and biological sciences; Eugene Santos Jr., a professor of engineering at Thayer School of Engineering; Surachai Supattapone, a professor of biochemistry and cell biology at the Geisel School of Medicine; and Ross Virginia, the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science.

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Fulbright Arctic Initiative scholars visit Secretary of State John Kerry

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative scholars and team visited Secretary of State John Kerry following the conclusion of Fulbright Arctic Week, October 24-28 in Washington DC. The scholars participated in policy meetings and public engagement events, including a capstone symposium showcasing the results of the Fulbright Arctic Scholars’ research and collaborations over the preceding 18 months.

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How to Create Policy-Relevant Research for a Sustainable Arctic Future

On September 28, the White House will host science ministers and representatives from indigenous groups to reflect on Arctic science, monitoring and data sharing. Ross A. Virginia and Michael Sfraga offer their view on the advancement of scientific study in the region.


President Hanlon's Arctic Voyage with Ross Virginia

Next week, President Phil Hanlon ’77 and his wife, Gail Gentes, will take a look at Dartmouth’s impact in one of the most remote places in the world—the Arctic.

With a group of about 30 people—mostly alumni and their families—Hanlon and Gentes will be part of a 10-day expedition to Greenland and the Arctic Circle led by Ross Virginia, the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and the director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

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Fulbright Arctic Symposium: Towards a Sustainable Arctic Future

The Fulbright Center in Finland is happy to announce that the international cohort of Arctic researchers participating in the Fulbright Arctic Initiative (FAI) Program held a one-week plenary meeting in Oulu, Finland, on 8-12 February 2016.

On Thursday, 11 February, 2016, the FAI scholars presented their ongoing research as a part of a broader public symposium that gathered together Arctic scientists, students, policymakers, industry and NGO representatives and other key stakeholders as well as the general public. The event was open to anyone interested in Arctic issues.

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Dartmouth to Be Represented at Alaska GLACIER Meeting

While GLACIER is not an Arctic Council event, Virginia says, “It’s very much connected to the U.S. chairmanship agenda, which is focused on the safety, security, and stewardship of the Arctic Ocean, its adaptation to climate change, and the economic well-being of people of the North.

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Dartmouth, U Alaska Fairbanks Lead Fulbright Arctic Program

Professor Ross Virginia, whose work focuses on climate change and the effect of rapid warming on the polar regions, was selected by the U.S. State Department as one of two distinguished scholar leaders of the newly established Fulbright Arctic Initiative.

Virginia, the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science, and Professor Michael Sfraga, a geographer and vice chancellor for university and student advancement from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will take lead roles in the new Fulbright Arctic research program, which will fund interdisciplinary work for some 16 scholars from the eight countries that sit on the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum of the eight member states that border the Arctic Circle.

The U.S. and a Peaceful Arctic Future (The Hill)

In a blog entry for The Hill, Dartmouth’s Ross Virginia and three colleagues write about the future of the Arctic Council, in particular the heightened role of the United States within the council. “As the U. S. prepares to take on the chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2015, the appointment of an experienced, capable leader, Admiral Robert Papp, former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, has real potential to focus and unite U.S. Arctic policy and give the Arctic Council the leadership it will need to preserve the Arctic as a zone of international cooperation and peace during a period of rising global unrest,” they write.

“As it takes up the Arctic Council chair, the United States has immense resources and influence that it can bring to bear in leading the council. It can bring great authority to the council’s efforts to maintain the Arctic as a zone of cooperation and to build the consensus that permits all parties to work together effectively.”

Virginia is director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Studies.