Dark Snow Expedition Team
Dr. Jason Box has been investigating Greenland ice sheet sensitivity to weather and climate as part of 23 expeditions to Greenland since 1994. His time camping on the inland ice exceeds 1 year. Year 2012 brought a deeper level of insight as the scientific perspective shifts to examine the interactions ice with atmospheric and ocean systems, including the role of fire in darkening the cryosphere. As part of his academic enterprise, Box has authored or co-authored 50+ peer-reviewed publications related to Greenland cryosphere-climate interactions. Box instructed climatology courses at The Ohio State University 2003-2012. Box is now a Professor at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS). Box was a contributing author to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2007 4th assessment report. Box is also the former Chair of the Cryosphere Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union.
Dr. Thomas Painter is a Research Scientist in the Water and Carbon Cycles Group, in the Earth Sciences Section of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an Adjunct Professor of Geography at UCLA. His principle research interests lie in snow hydrology and water resources, energy balance of snow and ice, radiative forcing by light absorbing impurities in snow and ice, imaging spectroscopy and multispectral remote sensing, and planetary ices. Painter is Chairman and organizer of the Working Group on Light-Absorbing Impurities in Snow and Ice. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Cryosphere Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union.
Ms. McKenzie Skiles is a PhD student in the Geography department at UCLA, a graduate student researcher in the Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering (JIFRESSE), and an affiliate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she helps manage the Snow Optics Laboratory. Skiles received her MS in Geography from the University of Utah in 2010, focusing on understanding how desert dust was impacting mountain snow cover in the Colorado River Basin. An avid backcountry skier originally from Anchorage, Alaska, her interest in snow is both personal and professional. Today, her main research interests include snow hydrology and radiative forcing by light absorbing impurities in snow and ice.
Dr Marek Stibal is a scientist in the Department of Geochemistry at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. He examines the microbial ecology and biogeochemistry of icy ecosystems, with an emphasis on large scale effects of microbial activity on glacial systems, carbon and nutrient cycling in the cryosphere, and microbial diversity, distribution and dispersal in Arctic and Antarctic terrestrial environments. He has been working on Arctic glaciers, including the Greenland Ice Sheet, since 2002.
Mr. Peter Sinclair is an independent, award winning, graphic artist, animator, and videographer now specializing in climate, energy, and related politics. He is arguably the internet’s leading climate video blogger with 15 thousand subscribers to his video climate blog http://climatecrocks.com/. As of mid Nov., 2012, the Climate Crock series contains more than 100 videos and 9 in the Yale forum series, titled “This is Not Cool”. Sinclair’s most popular videos have gotten 80,000 views. The total viewership nears 2.5 million total views. Sinclair will join the expedition to shoot video and sound to produce video shorts to be posted online and pushed toward TV media. Here is an example of Peter’s recent work.
Mr. Joe Immen is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Columbus, Ohio. Trained as a graphic artist, he has a BFA degree in printmaking from The Ohio State University, and an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University. After reading many popular science books about the environment, such as James Hansen’s “Storms of My Grandchildren”, Joe developed a passionate interest in climate change, and began thinking of ways to communicate climate change using visual art and design. In 2010, after reading a Grist column by David Roberts, he created a logo for Climate Hawks (those who want substantial action on climate change). Joe designed the logo for the Dark Snow project and continues to design some of its illustrations.
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