Ross A. Virginia

Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science
Director, Institute of Arctic Studies, Dickey Center for International Understanding
Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences

I am an ecosystem ecologist interested in how rapid environmental change affects ecosystems and society.  My emphasis is on understanding how climate change alters vegetation and soil and the ecological services they provide. My current research examines carbon and nitrogen cycling in the polar deserts of Antarctica and in the tundra of western Greenland. I am also interested in the relationships between the disciplines of ecology, ecosystem science, and environmental law. I am active in Arctic policy and global environmental issues as director of Dartmouth's Institute of Arctic Studies and as co-director of the University of the Arctic Institute for Arctic Policy.

Curriculum Vitae Personal Website
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Department:
Biological Sciences
Dickey Center
Earth Sciences
Environmental Studies
Education:
B.S. SUNY College Envl. Sci and Forestry, 1972
M.S. University of California Davis, 1974
Ph.D. University of California Davis, 1980

Selected Publications

Virginia, R. A. and D. H. Wall. Ecosystem Function, Principles of.  In: Levin, S. A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, second edition, Volume 3 (2013), pp. 90-95, Academic Press: Waltham MA

Ball, B A and R A Virginia, The ecological role of moss in a polar desert: implications for aboveground- belowground and terrestrial- aquatic linkages. Polar Biology, 37 (2014), 651-664

Collins, J. F., M. Sfraga, R. A. Virginia, and K. S. Yalowitz. 2013. A Euro-Atlantic Action Plan for Cooperation and Enhanced Arctic Security. Conference Report and Recommendations to the Arctic Council and Interested Parties. February 11-12, 2013, Carnegie Endowment of International Peace, Washington, D. C. and the University of the Arctic Institute for Applied Circumpolar Policy.

Ball, B A and R A Virginia, Meltwater Seep Patches Increase Heterogeneity of Soil Geochemistry and Therefore Habitat Suitability, Geoderma , 189-190 (2012) 652-660

Levy L, M A Kelly, J A Howley, and R A Virginia, Age of the Ørkendalen Moraines, Kangerlussuaq, Greenland: Constraints on the Extent of the Southwestern Margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet during the Holocene, Quaternary Science Reviews , 52 (2012) 1-5

Holm, L K, L A Grenoble, and R A Virginia, A Praxis for Ethical Research and Scientific Conduct in Greenland, Études/Inuit/Studies , 35 (2011) 187-200

Virginia, R A, An Ecosystem Approach to Mountain Resorts in Mountain Resorts: Law and Ecology , J E Milne, J LaMense and R A Virginia (eds.) (2009) 24-38

Barrett, J E, R A Virginia, et al., “Persistent Effects of a Discrete Climate Event on a Polar Desert Ecosystem,” Global Change Biology , 14:10 (2008) 2249-2261.

Chapin, F S III, M Berman, T V Callaghan, et al., “Polar Systems,” in Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Current State and Trends. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Series, Vol. 1 , R Hassan, R Scholes and N Ash (eds.), (2005) 717-743.

Brooks, R O, R T Jones, and R A Virginia, Law and Ecology: The Rise of the Ecosystem Regime , (2002).

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Works in Progress

Arctic Council leadership transitions: Lessons and priorities for a US Chairmanship, 2015-2017. Project of the University of the Arctic Institute for Arctic Policy

Understanding rapid polar environmental change in Greenland. NSF IGERT Ph.D. training program.

Subsurface imaging of deep groudwater systems in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. NSF

Nutrient cycling and soil biodiversity in an Antarctic polar desert. McMurdo NSF Long Term Ecological Research Program (LTER)

Ecology and Law in Modern Society book series.

IN the NEWS

The U.S. and a Peaceful Arctic Future, The Hill, August 8, 2014

Hands Across the Melting Ice, NY Times OP-ED, May 13, 2013

Welcome to the State of Virginia, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine faculty profile, July/August 2012

Report urges action on Arctic protection. Dartmouth and its partners in the University of the Arctic Institute for Arctic Policy and the Carengie Endowment for International Peace have issued a report urging the adoption of new shipping rules, improved safeguards against oil spills, and the creation of environmental and safety standards in polar waters. May 2013.

CNN Digitial Life Podcast on Arctic Science Summit Week hosted by Dartmouth at the start of the International Polar Year, 2007.

Virginia Valley, Antarctica:  An upland valley E of Wall valley in Olympus Range, located between the N part of Mount Electra on the W, and Mount Circe and Mount Dido on the E. The valley opens N to McKelvey Valley. Named by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) (2004) after Ross A. Virginia, Environmental Studies Program, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; U.S. Antarctic Project (USAP) soils biologist in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, 13 field seasons, 1989-2002.

77° 29' 00" S, 160° 56' 00" E

Lectures and Presentations