Professor of Geosciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
David Harwood is the T.M. Stout Chair of Stratigraphy and a Professor of Geosciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has visited Antarctica fifteen times since his first trip south in 1983. His research experience ranges from small, remote geological tent-camps in the Transantarctic Mountains, to marine geological cruises on research icebreakers on the Antarctic continental shelf. Most recently he has served as the Principal Investigator of the ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) Program. Chief goals of this multinational effort are to recover sedimentary rock core from the continental margin to interpret Antarctica's Cenozoic climatic and tectonic history.
This project, involving more than 300 scientists, technicians, drillers, educators and students, recently drilled the two deepest drill holes in Antarctica. Both penetrated more than 1,100 meters beneath the sea-floor, with core recovery greater than 98%. Initial results reveal a clearer view of how the Antarctic ice sheets responded to past times of global warmth and how they may respond in the future. Harwood has also worked to develop a effective and diverse education and public outreach program as part of the Forth International Polar Year, to bring polar geoscience content into schools, informal education groups, the media and policy-makers.
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