Eric Steig completed his PhD in Geological Sciences at UW in 1995, was Research Associate at the University of Colorado and Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania before returning to UW in 2001.
He directed the Quaternary Research Center from 2008-2013 and launched the current Future of Ice Initiative. He is the founding co-director of ISOLAB, a multi-investigator, state-of-the art isotope geochemistry facility involving research ranging from climate and atmospheric chemistry to geobiology.
Steig teaches environmental earth science, isotope geochemistry and paleoclimatology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. With his graduate students, postdocs, and lab staff, he uses various methods to develop time series of past environmental changes as a context for understanding contemporary and possible future change. The major focus in the last ten years has been the analysis of ice cores from Antarctica, including the ITASE spatial array of shallow cores, the recently-completed WAIS Divide deep core, and the South Pole ice core. Results from these projects have included new discoveries about both past and current climate change and glacier change in Antarctica. He has also led ice core projects in Greenland and in alpine British Colubmia. He has worked on the development of novel methods for measuring nitrogen isotope concentrations in atmospheric "odd-N" species (HNO3, NO2, NO), and the Δ17O oxygen isotope anomaly in H2O. Research support is from the U.S. National Science Foundation, NOAA, and foundations including the Leverhulme Trust.
This talk was also a keynote lecture for the 47th International Artic Workshop on March 23rd-25th, 2017. The keynote lecture was co-sponsored by the RENEW Institute.