Scientist Stories

Our Scientists' Stories

Whether it was the tornado scene in the Wizard of Oz, or the rare triple rainbow watched as it appeared then disappeared in the key, there usually was a defining moment, or event, that led a person to science. To explore, to discover, to find an answer, solve a problem. This section captures the imagination brought to life through the accomplishments of our scientists, who embody the Visiting Scientist Programs. The science in action, the goal, the process, the outcome, lessons learned along the way, the recognition. We hope you are inspired by these news features and enjoy the glimpse into the journey of scientists associated with VSP.

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William J. D'Andrea | Climate helped drive Vikings from Greenland

In the May 2011 Issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. D'Andrea presented new confirmation of a cooling and starving scenario affecting the Norse farmers.

André van der Westhuysen | Nearshore wave modeller

André van der Westhuysen has been extensively involved in nearshore wave model development to protect the low-lying Netherlands against flooding from the sea.

Myles Allen | Awarded 2010 Appleton Medal and Prize

Dr. Myles Allen wins 2010 Appleton Medal and Prize for his important contributions to the detection and attribution of human influence on climate and quantifying uncertainty in climate predictions.

James Brown | Visiting Scientist

A committee of editors selected James Brown’s paper as a winner of the 2007 Best Paper Award of Computer & Geosciences using the criteria of innovation, computational complexity, exposition, and impact.

Li-Chuan Chen

Awarded the 2009 Outstanding Reviewer for the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering

Benjamin Cook: Climate Modeler and Post-Doctoral Fellow

Weather History Offers Insight Into Global Warming.

Colette Heald | Profile of a Scientist

Received the honourable Professor Crutzen Prize for best paper at the International Young Scientists' Global Change Conference 5-8 November 2006 in Beijing, China

Peter Huybers: Climate Scientist

2009 Winner Of MacArthur 'Genius Grant' & 2009 AGU Macelwane Medal

Ning Lin | Awarded 2010 Natural Hazards Focus Group Award for Graduate Research

Ning Lin has been awarded the Natural Hazards Focus Group Award for Graduate Research, given annually to a recent Ph.D. recipient for outstanding contributions to natural hazards research.

Kerri Pratt & Brice Loose | Telluride Workshop

Organized by Paul Shepson (Purdue University), Paty Matrai (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences), and Jan Bottenheim (Environment Canada), 27 interdisciplinary scientists from six countries gathered together to discuss the urgent scientific questions associated with climate change in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.