Due to unforeseen circumstances, the competition for the 2018 Byrd Postdoctoral Fellowship has been canceled.  We anticipate announcing a new competition in late 2018 or early 2019. 


Byrd Postdoctoral Fellowship

Updated 11/08/2017

2018 Call for Applications

Applications are due on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, and selection will be made April 15, 2018.  Start date will be in Fall 2018.

The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC) of The Ohio State University announced the 2018 Byrd Fellowship Program for Postdoctoral Researchers on November 8, 2017. This program was established through a major gift from the Byrd Foundation in memory of Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd and Marie Ames Byrd, his wife. This program provides fellowships at The Ohio State University for postdoctoral researchers with superior academic backgrounds who are pursuing advanced research on topics relevant to polar and alpine environments as well as global climate change. Postdoctoral fellows must have received their Ph.D. within five years of selection. Except for fieldwork and other fellowship related research activities that require absence from campus, Byrd Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center during the tenure of their fellowship.

BPCRC Director

Updated 04/07/17

BPCRC is seeking an extraordinary individual with vision who will provide the leadership necessary to strengthen existing research programs, develop research in new areas, encourage collaborative activities within the center and university, foster relations with current funding agencies (NSF, NASA, NOAA, ONR, etc.), and actively explore new funding opportunities.


Postdoctoral Researcher in Analysis of Ice Cores (One-Year Position)

Updated 07/13/17

Description: Funding is available for a postdoctoral researcher with laboratory based expertise in chemistry and physics of the atmosphere/glaciers as part of the NSF-funded project entitled “Analyzing Atmospheric Warming and Environmental Changes from High-Altitude Ice Cores”, a program for assessing the interaction between human and environmental factors to impact the chemical and physical characteristics of the glacier of Mt. Ortles (eastern Italian Alps), from the pre-industrial era to the present time (PI Paolo Gabrielli, co-PI Lonnie Thompson). Activities will include, but not be limited to, analysis of innovative proxies in ice cores samples and re-evaluation and interpretation of the data obtained. While a Mass Spectrometer (Element2, ICP-SFMS) and/or a Single Particle Soot Photometer (SP2) will be available for possible ultra trace element and black carbon analyses, novel expertise and collaborations with other institutes in innovative ice core analysis will be particularly considered. The researcher will be expected to present results at scientific conferences and in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The initial appointment will be for one year, with possible continuation dependent on funding availability and performance. Necessary funds for conference travel will also be provided.

Requirements: PhD in relevant field (including environmental, physical, chemical and geological sciences) with research experience in one or more of the following: glaciology, paleoclimatology, aerosol studies, geochemistry. Particular consideration will be given to candidates with extensive laboratory experience in preparation of environmental samples in clean room conditions and/or in innovative ice core analysis.

Salary: $47,500 per year with OSU staff benefits. A description of benefits can be found at OSU Benefits. Start date negotiable.

Reviews of the applications for this position will start on the 31st of October. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and can be submitted via email to: Paolo Gabrielli at gabrielli.1@osu.edu or sent via postal service to:

OSU Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
108 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210

Applicants will need to include:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. One page research proposal/statement
  3. Contact information (name, position, email) for two professional references

This position requires successful completion of a background check.


Outreach Innovation Grants

Updated 12/18/17

The 2017 recipients are:

The first BPCRC Outreach Innovation Grant was awarded to Dr. Emilie Beaudon and Dr. Julien Nicolas. Their project, titled Mapping the Byrd Center’s Research for Interactive Web Visualization and Discovery: Exploratory Phase, is a timely and innovative idea that will help communicate the Center’s global research scope with the public.

The next call for proposals will be in Fall 2018.

Attention Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS, POSTDOCS, AND GRADUATE STUDENTS. Grants are available for novel outreach initiatives that communicate the work of the center with individuals and groups in the broader community. A non-inclusive list of how the money could be used includes - creation of outreach materials (physical or digital), communication with the public (travel or publication support), organization of an event (workshop, conference, or camp), and promotion of mentoring (such as with an undergraduate or high school student intern). Preference will be given to projects that (1) foster collaboration between two research foci at the Byrd Center OR collaboration between research at the Byrd Center and research in another unit on campus, and (2) projects that involve more than one BPCRC member. 

Applications are to be submitted to:

Jason Cervenec (cervenec.1@osu.edu)
Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
The Ohio State University
108 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210

Applications are due by September 22, 2017.  Grant awards will be made during the last week of October 2017 following a review by a 3-member committee. Applications must include: (1) a description of the proposed outreach project inclusive of any graphics (maximum of 2 pages including a title), (2) a description of your research written to be understood by the public (maximum of 1 page), (3) a list of past outreach conducted by the applicant(s), and (4) a brief detailed budget. The project description should include the target audience and explanation of the intended benefits.

Funds may not be used for salary of Byrd Center researchers, although small stipends for postdocs, graduate, undergraduate students, or other participants might be allowed under certain circumstances. Approximately $2,500 is allocated for these grants. Applicants are encouraged to consult Jason Cervenec with preliminary project ideas or questions.


Garry McKenzie & Henry Brecher Undergraduate Scholarship

Updated 10/13/2017

The 2017 winners are:

Rebecca Anderson (SES), Petrographic Analysis of Metamorphic Rocks from the Choshui River in Taiwan

Lillian Kleban (SES), Dissolution Kinetics of Volcanic Ash in Sea Water

John-Morgan Manos (GEOG), Annual Surface Elevation of the Lehman Rock Glacier in Great Basin National Park

The next call for scholarship proposals will be in Fall 2018.

Attention UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS working with Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center scientists. You are encouraged to apply for research support from the G. McKenzie & H. Brecher Undergraduate Scholarship Fund. The funds are to be used in support of your undergraduate research (travel to meetings to present research, future fieldwork, and/or other anticipated research related expenses).

The McKenzie & Brecher Undergraduate Scholarship was started in honor of the many faithful years of service and dedication of Dr. Garry McKenzie (Faculty Emeritus, School of Earth Sciences), and Mr. Henry Brecher (retired Research Scientist, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center), to the teaching, research and scholarship of OSU and BPCRC.

Applications can be submitted electronically to:

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
c/o the G. McKenzie & H. Brecher Undergraduate Scholarship Fund at:


OR, mailed to:

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
c/o G. McKenzie & H. Brecher Scholarship Fund
Attn:  Michele Cook
The Ohio State University
108 Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210

The next call for scholarship proposals will be in Fall 2018.  Applications must include: (1) a one-page description of the project (please include a title), (2) a brief detailed budget, and (3) a letter of endorsement by the BPCRC member with whom you are working. Please include your contact information within your proposal (email address, phone number and advisor's name). Requests can be in the amount of $600.00 or less.  Recipient(s) will be selected by a 3-member committee.

Any questions should be directed to:

Michele Cook


Rick Toracinta Graduate Fellowship in Atmospheric Science

Updated 11/01/2017 

Congratulations to Geoffrey Dipre, the 2017 Toracinta Scholarship recipient!

The next call for applications for the Toracinta Scholarship will be Fall 2019.

Dr. E. Richard (Rick) Toracinta was a talented research scientist with the Polar Meteorology Group of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University. In addition to his polar work, Rick had a passion for severe weather and was a volunteer storm chaser on the Great Plains during many springs. This scholarship commemorates Rick's lasting interest in the atmosphere as well as his desire to be a teacher.

This prestigious scholarship is awarded biennially to a graduate student studying atmospheric science, broadly defined, at The Ohio State University. Preference will be given to students specializing in severe weather (e.g., thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes), polar meteorology or polar climatology. The selection criteria include academic performance, excellence as an instructor (if appropriate), financial need, and intended use of the scholarship funds to advance one's graduate studies.

To apply, send a brief (typically 1-2 pages) statement of eligibility and intended usage of the scholarship funds. Examples of the latter include travel to a conference or to undertake field work for one's degree, payment of page charges on a refereed manuscript, research equipment, and/or other anticipated research related expenses. Include copies of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Provide a cover page that specifies your name, phone, email address and your advisor's name, phone, and email address.

By Friday, September 15, 2017 send these materials to:

Professor David Bromwich
Polar Meteorology Group, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center &
Department of Geography, Atmospheric Sciences Program
The Ohio State University
108 Scott Hall
1090 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210
E-mail: bromwich.1@osu.edu

The $2,000.00 scholarship will be awarded by the end of October 2017. The recipient will be selected by a 3-member committee. For more information, contact David Bromwich at 614-292-6692 or bromwich.1@osu.edu.