Joe McConnell

Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

Joe McConnell is an environmental and climate researcher at Nevada’s Desert Research Institute where he is Director of the Ultra-Trace Ice Core Chemistry Laboratory. Raised in Santa Fe, his interest in earth and natural science was influenced heavily by the spectacular setting of northern New Mexico. With degrees in geophysics from Yale and Stanford, he spent nearly 10 years working in oil exploration before returning to graduate school to study hydrology and climate change at the University of Arizona and pursue a career in environmental science.

Joe’s first exposure to glaciers and polar studies was in 1980 while conducting undergraduate research on the Juneau Icefield in Alaska. Now he collaborates with scientists from around the world and has made more than 30 trips to the polar regions to collect ice cores and conduct environmental studies. Among other findings, this research has documented substantial impacts on the remote polar environment from human activities during recent centuries. Results have been published in more than 100 journal articles.

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