News about our Hercules Dome ice coring project, in Nature.
Article in Physics Today about our work showing evidence of the anthropogenic imprint on West Antarctica's glaciers.
New paper led by Marina Dütsch JAMES on improved isotope fractionation physics in the CESM climate model.
Professor and Chair, Earth & Space Sciences
Eric Steig obtained his PhD in Geological Sciences at UW in 1996, was research faculty at the University of Colorado and Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania before returning to UW in 2001.
Eric holds appointments as Rabinowitz Endowed Professor in the College of the Environment, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. He is also a member of the Quaternary Research Center, which he directed from 2008-2013.
He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2019.
Glaciology, climate, isotope geochemistry
My research focus is the development of ice core records and their use in understanding the history and fate of polar ice sheets. In the lab, I work with mass spectrometers to measure isotopes of oxygen, nitrogen, and more. In the field, most of my work has been in Antarctica, but I have ongoing projects in Greenland, Alaska, and British Columbia. On the computer, I am increasingly involved in climate and ice-sheet modeling.
Much of this work would be impossible possible without my wonderful students, postdocs, and colleagues. For more about our research, see my Research Group web page
I teach about climate, glaciology, isotope geochemistry, and paleoclimatology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. I also teach a history of earth sciences class. I am proud of having won the Bassett Distinguished Teaching award in 2016. To see what I'm teaching this year, go to the teaching Forecast or the current Course Schedule.
I am not currently recruiting new students, though I am always willing to discuss potential opportunities.
I am a founding member of RealClimate.org, one of the first and most prominent climate science blogs, to which I still contribute occassionally. I give talks at local libraries, community groups etc. I've enjoyed collaborating with local Seattle artist Anna McKee, who accompanied us to Antarctica and to our favorite Canadian mountains.
I served on the Board of Reviewing Editors of the journal Science from 2013-2018, and was editor of Quaternary Research from 2002-2008.