Edmund Stump

Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

Edmund Stump’s career of geological research in the Transantarctic Mountains and West Antarctica spans 40 years. He received degrees from Harvard College (1968); Yale University (1972); and he received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University (1976). Antarctica has been his passion since his first trip to ‘the Ice’ as a grad student in 1970. His National Science Foundation funded research includes thirteen Antarctic field seasons.  After 37 years as a professor of geology at Arizona State University, Ed is retiring at the end of this academic year.

Throughout his career he has visited all sectors of the Transantarctic Mountains, and has avidly recorded them on film. Recently, Ed has published a coffee-table book that draws on the best of the imagery from this collection: The Roof at the Bottom of the World: Discovering the Transantarctic Mountains. It is the first atlas of the Transantarctic Mountains. The narrative follows the story lines of the explorers—Ross, Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen, Byrd—who each in turn, discovered and explored portions of this magnificent range. The book is illustrated with more than 100 of his photographs, along with more than 30 historical maps. Ed has authored more than 70 scientific papers, and two additional books: The Ross Orogen of the Transantarctic Mountains (1995), and Geology of Arizona, 2nd ed. (1996). He is also a contributor to The Huffington Post, and a member of The Explorers Club.

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