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W. Berry Lyons

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Byrd Polar Research Center

Address:108K Scott Hall
1090 Carmack Rd
Columbus, OH 43210
Country:United States


Berry Lyons is a Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences in the School of Earth Sciences and he is the Director of the Byrd Polar Research Center. He received a B.A. from Brown University in geology and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from the University of Connecticut. Previously he was a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Nevada, Reno (where he served as the Director of the Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program) and the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (where he was the Loper Chair of Environmental Geology). Professor Lyons is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union.

Professor Lyons conducts research in environmental geochemistry of trace metals, such as mercury, the causes and rates of chemical weathering and landscape change, the dynamics of carbon in the terrestrial environment, the role of agriculture and urbanization on water resources and the impact of climate change on polar ecosystems.

He is the Principal Investigator of the McMurdo Dry Valleys (Antarctica) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site project. Professor Lyons is a co-author of 194 refereed scientific publications including ones in Science, Nature, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters and Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. He serves or has served on numerous national and international committees, like the National Academy of Science's Polar Research Board, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research's Geosciences Scientific Group and the Science Board, the International Geosciences Program. He is Treasurer of the International Association of Geochemistry.

Selected Publications

Barrett, J.E., R.A. Virginia, W.B. Lyons, D.M. McKnight, J.C. Priscu, P.T. Doran, A.G. Fountain, D.H. Wall and D.L. Moorhead. 2007. "Biogeochemical Stoichiometry of Antarctic Dry Valley Ecosystems". Biogeosciences, 112

Witherow, R.A., N.A.N. Bertler, K.A. Welch, W.B. Lyons, P.A. Mayewski, S.B. Sneed, T. Nylen, M.J. Handley and A. Fountain. 2006. "The Aeolian Flux of Calcium, Chloride and Nitrate to the McMurdo Dry Valleys Landscape: Evidence from Snow Pit Analysis". Antarctic Science, 18, 497-505

Gooseff, M.N., W.B. Lyons, D.M. McKnight, B.H. Vaughn, A.G. Fountain and C. Dowling. 2006. "A Stable Isotopic Investigation of a Polar Desert Hydrologic System, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica". Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, 38, 60-71

Fortner, S., M. Tranter, A. Fountain, W.B. Lyons and K.A., Welch. 2005. "The Geochemistry of Supraglacial Streams of Canada Glacier, Taylor Valley, Antarctica, and their Evolution into Proglacial Waters". Aquatic Geochemistry, 11, 391-412

Lyons, W.B., K.A. Welch, A.E. Carey, P.,T. Doran, D.H. Wall, R.A. Virginia, A.G. Fountain, B. Csatho and C. Tremper. 2005. "Groundwater Seeps in Taylor Valley, Antarctica: An example of a Subsurface Melt Event". Annals of Glaciology, 40, 200-206

Lyons, W.B., K.A. Welch, G. Snyder, J. Olesik, E.Y. Graham, G.M. Marion and R.J. Poreda. 2005. "Halogen Geochemistry of the McMurdo Dry Valleys Lakes, Antarctica: Clues to the Origin of Solutes and Lake Evolution". Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 69, 305-323

Tranter, M., A.G. Fountain, W.B. Lyons, T. Nylen and K.A. Welch. 2005. "The Chemical Composition of Runoff from Canada Glacier, Antarctica: Implications for Glacier Hydrology During a Cool Summer". Annals of Glaciology, 40, 15-19

Mikucki, J.A., C.M. Foreman, B. Sattler, W.B. Lyons and J.C. Priscu. 2004. "Geomicrobiology of Blood Fall: An Iron-Rich Saline Discharge at the Terminus of the Taylor Glacier, Antarctica". Aquatic Geochemistry, 10, 199-200

Neumann, K., W.B. Lyons, J.C. Priscu, D.J. DesMarais and K.A. Welch. 2004. "The Carbon Isotopic Composition of Dissolved Inorganic Carbon in Perennially Ice-Covered Antarctic Lakes: Searching for a Biogenic Signature". Annals of Glaciology, 39, 518-524

Poreda, R.J., A.G. Hunt, W.B. Lyons and K.A. Welch. 2004. "The Helium Isotopic Chemistry of Lake Bonney, Taylor Valley, Antarctica: Timing of Late Holocene Climate Change in Antarctica". Aquatic Geochemistry, 10, 353-371