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Ross A Virginia


Professor, Environmental Studies Program and Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755
Tel.: 603-646-0192, e-mail:

a. Professional Preparation
University of California, Davis, Ph.D., Ecology, 1980
University of California, Davis, M.S., Ecology, 1974
SUNY College of Envl Science. & Forestry at Syracuse, B.S., Forest Biology, 1972

b. Appointments
2017-2019 Global Fellow, Polar Initiative, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, D.C.
2014-present Associated Scientist, Stefansson Arctic Institute, Akureyri, Iceland
2012-present Co-director, University of the Arctic Institute of Arctic Policy
2008-present Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science, Dartmouth
2003-present Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth
1997-2004 Albert Bradley Third Century Prof. in the Sciences, Dartmouth
1992-present Professor of Environmental Studies, Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences, Dartmouth
1985-1992 Prof. and Assoc. Prof of Biology, San Diego State University
1980-1985 Postdoc, Asst. Res. Sci., Dept of Soil and Envl. Sci., U.C. Riverside
1974-1980 Graduate Res. Asst., Soils and Plant Nutrition, U.C. Davis

c. Products
(i) Most closely related to this proposal
Bradley-Cook, J. I. and R. A. Virginia. 2016. Soil carbon storage and respiration potential across an age and climate gradient in western Greenland. Polar Biology 39:1283-1295, DOI 10.1007/s00300-015-1853-2
Culler, L. E., M. P. Ayres, and R. A. Virginia. 2015. In a warmer Arctic, mosquitoes avoid increased mortality from predators by growing faster. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20151549.
Feng, X., A. M. Lauder, E. Posmetier, B. G. Kopec, and R. A. Virginia. 2016. Evaporation and transport of water isotopologues from Greenland lakes: The lake size effect. Quaternary Science Reviews 131 Part B:302-315, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.07.029
Heindel, R. C., L. E. Culler, and R. A. Virginia. 2017. Rates and processes of aeolian erosion in West Greenland. The Holocene 1-10, DOI: 10.1177/0959683616687381
Urbanowicz, C. M., R. A. Virginia, and R. E. Irwin. 2018. Pollen limitation and reproduction of three plant species across a temperature gradient in western Greenland. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, Vol 50, No 1,

(ii.) Other significant products
Bradley-Cook, J. I., C. L. Petrenko, A. J. Friedland, and R. A. Virginia. 2016. Temperature sensitivity of mineral soil decomposition in shrub and graminoid tundra, west Greenland. Climate Change Responses 3:2, DOI: 10.1186/s40665-016-0016-1
Heindel, R. C., L. E. Culler, and R. A. Virginia. 2017. Rates and processes of aeolian erosion in West Greenland. The Holocene 1-10, DOI: 10.1177/0959683616687381
Levy, L. B., M. A. Kelly, P. A. Applegate, J. A. Howley, and R. A. Virginia. 2018. Middle to late Holocene chronology of the western margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet: A comparison with Holocene temperature and precipitation records. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research Vol. 50, No. 1
Petrenko, C. L., J. I. Bradley-Cook, E. Lacroix, A. J. Friedland, and R. A. Virginia. 2016. Comparison of carbon and nitrogen storage in mineral soils of graminoid and shrub tundra sites, western Greenland. Arctic Science 2:165-182.
Virginia, R. A., M. Sfraga, T Arnbom, L. Chamberlain, S. Chatwood, A. T. Dis, G. H. Gjørv, T. K. Harms, A. Hansen, G. Holdmann, N. Johnson, T. Lantz, B. Magnússon, I. S. Neuhaus, G. Poelzer, L. Sokka, M. Tysiachniouk, O. Varpe, and N. Vestergaard. 2016. The Fulbright Arctic Initiative: An innovative model for policy relevant research and public outreach. Arctic Yearbook 2016:180-193

d. Synergistic Activities
Distinguished Co-Lead Scholar, Fulbright Arctic Initiative, 2014-2017 (round one), 2017-2019 (round 2): Provide leadership and mentoring for interdisciplinary teams of Fulbright scholars from the 8 Arctic States researching issues on water, energy, health and infrastructure that are relevant to the functioning of the Arctic Council.
Director of Dartmouth’s Institute of Arctic Studies: responsible for academic programming and community outreach to advance an international understanding of the scientific and human dimensions of polar environmental change in the Arctic from an interdisciplinary perspective.
PI for NSF polar education and outreach programs that 1) bring US high school students and Dartmouth graduate students to Greenland to join high school students and teachers from Greenland and Denmark for an intensive 3-week field education program- the Joint Science and Education Program (JSEP), and 2) brings US and Chilean high school and teachers to study at the Chilean Escudero Station on King George Island, Antarctica- the Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE). 2014-2022
Member, Board of Governors, Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland), 2016- 2021 Working with the University to develop opportunities for the international exchange of students and to improve support for collaborative research in Greenland focused on issues important to Greenlandic society.