Ross Virginia

Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science
Director, Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center for International Understanding

Dartmouth College
Hinman Box 6182
109 Steele Hall
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-0192
Fax: (603) 646-1682

Meet My Lab

Julia Bradley-CookJulia Bradley-Cook is a PhD candidate in Dartmouth’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program researching soil organic carbon in the Arctic. Her dissertation research focuses on environmental constraints on the temperature sensitivity of soil carbon mineralization in western Greenland. Broad interests include: ecosystem ecology, carbon cycling, decomposition, spatial scaling, environmental change, science policy, and climate change communication. Her three-minute research video won the 2012 NSF IGERT Video and Poster Competition. She received a BA in biology from Grinnell College. Before coming to graduate school, she worked at the Gobebeb Center and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, and at Climate Central, a climate change science media organization. She hails from New York City (read Julia's blog post on finding the Arctic in New York City) and spends her free time enjoying the outdoors and doing anything that involves live music or Ben & Jerry's—or, preferably, both.


Ruth HeindelRuth Heindel is a Ph.D. student in the Earth Sciences Department and an IGERT fellow. She earned a B.S. in geology-biology from Brown University, where she studied aeolian sedimentation in a high arctic fjord on Svalbard. Ruth’s love of polar regions has taken her to Alaska, northern Canada, Svalbard, Greenland, and most recently to Antarctica. In the Virginia lab, Ruth is currently working on two projects. In the north, she is looking at soil deflation in the Kangerlussuaq region of West Greenland, trying to determine how the formation of deflated areas fits into the Holocene climate history of the area. And in the south, Ruth is starting to look at phosphorus cycling in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, to establish how different till types can determine the phosphorus content of soils, streams, and lakes. Ruth is a proud Vermonter who enjoys skiing, backpacking, playing her cello, and cooking. You can learn more about Ruth and her work on her website.


Angie SpickardAngie Spickard manages the day-to-day activities in the Virginia Lab. Angie earned her M.S. in biology in 2000 from Western Michigan University, where she focused on the effects of elevated carbon dioxide on plant-insect interactions. She also holds a B.S. in biology from James Madison University. After completing her graduate studies, Angie worked on environmental policy at the U.S. EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality. During her time at EPA, she helped to implement a Clean Air Act program that ensures that cities are meeting their transportation clean air goals. With a broad background in lab work, field-based ecological research and environmental policy, Angie provides support to a variety of aspects of the research conducted in the Virginia Lab.


Phoebe RacinePhoebe Racine is a member of the class of 2014 at Dartmouth College. She is a double major in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, though her specific area of interest is in global fisheries and sustainable seafood. On campus, she is actively involved with Native Americans at Dartmouth, the Dartmouth Native American Program, and her sorority, Kappa Delta Epsilon. In her spare time, Phoebe likes to go exploring, read a good book, and practice cooking.




Leehi YonaLeehi Yona is member of the Class of 2016 at Dartmouth College, where she hopes to pursue a double major in Environmental Studies and Biology modified with Public Policy. She is passionate about the interconnectedness of climate science, policy, social justice and the role of youth in these issues. Her interests have taken her to a Northern Forum youth conference in Yukon Territory, Canada and the Rio+20 and COP18 United Nations climate conferences in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Doha, Qatar, where she spoke on an Arctic Council panel as a youth representative. A recipient of the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec’s Youth Medal, Leehi was recently named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25. She loves to paint Impressionist art, make pottery, and drink tea.




Lauren CullerLauren Culler is a postdoctoral researcher and science outreach coordinator at Dartmouth’s Institute of Arctic Studies. She completed her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Dartmouth College, during which she studied the response of insect populations in northern regions to changes in environmental temperature. As fellow in Dartmouth’s IGERT program, Lauren also developed a strong interest in science communication and outreach, particularly geared towards communities in the Arctic. Her work was featured in the Nunatsiaq News and also exhibited through tri-lingual posters that were accessible by residents in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, where much of her research was completed. Before moving to New Hampshire, Lauren lived in Maryland where she earned a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Entomology, both from the University of Maryland. She enjoys spending time outside, preferably near mountains and swimming holes, and cooking with friends.




Wanda CzerwinskiWanda Czerwinski is a member of the class of 2017 at Dartmouth College, where she hopes to pursue a double major in English and Biology. During her junior and senior years of high school, Wanda competed on a five-member Envirothon team where she learned about the interconnectedness of natural resource areas and the roles humans play in effectively managing these resources. At Dartmouth, she is learning that she is passionate about the humanities and environmental policy, and she has also managed to reconfirm her suspicion that she wants nothing to do with math. She greatly appreciates the fact that she is able to attend a college where it is possible to see hundreds of stars at night. In her free time—of which she has none—Wanda enjoys badgering her pen pals to write her back, running, and reclining on soft surfaces for extended periods of time.