Wesley College Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Stephanie Stotts participated in “The School of Ice: Ice Cores and Climate Change,” an advanced professional development program for geoscience faculty at minority-serving institutions, June 25-28 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

The workshop was developed by the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office, and National Science Foundation-funded organization providing oversight of U.S. scientific drilling efforts in the Arctic and Antarctic.

The four-day residential course was designed to expand professors’ knowledge of the role of proxy records in the current understanding of Earth’s climate, with a special focus on the role of ice core data. Researchers with expertise in ice science from Dartmouth College and the nearby Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory contributed to an genda highlighting the importance of ice cores in telling the story of the Earth’s past and future climate.

The workshop placed professors in the role of research scientists and ice core drillers as they processed ice cores at the cold laboratory located at Dartmouth, toured CRREL to understand the important relationship between scientists and engineers and participated in a geological field trip exploring the remnants of the last glacial maximum.