Environmental science professor Stephanie Pfirman is the co-chair of the authoring committee of The Arctic in the Anthropocene: Emerging Research Questions, a new report released by the National Research Council this week. The report focuses on the effects of climate change on the Artic and their implications for the rest of the planet. The Arctic in the Anthropocene reviews research questions previously identified by Arctic researchers, and highlights new questions that have emerged and expectations of further rapid Arctic change, as well as new capabilities to address this change.
Prof. Pfirman, the Alena Wels Hirschorn ’58 and Martin Hirschorn Professor of Environmental and Applied Sciences, joined Barnard’s faculty in 1993 and serves as co-Chair of the College’s department of environmental science. Her scientific research focuses on the Arctic environment, in particular on the nature and dynamics of Arctic sea ice under changing climate. In 2010, Prof. Pfirman was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences.