Stephanie L. Pfirman, Professor of Environmental Science and Alena Wels Hirschorn '58 and Martin Hirschorn Professor of Environmental and Applied Sciences, joined the faculty of Barnard College in 1993, and serves as co-Chair of Barnard's Department of Environmental Science. She holds a joint appointment with Columbia University where she is a member of the faculties of the Earth Institute and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Adjunct Research Scientist the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Prior to joining Barnard, Professor Pfirman was a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and co-developer of the award-winning exhibition, "Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast," produced jointly with the American Museum of Natural History.
Professor Pfirman’s scientific research focuses on the Arctic environment, in particular on the nature and dynamics of Arctic sea ice under changing climate. Her previous research activities have included melting and surging glaciers and pollution transported by sea ice. In 2010, Pfirman was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences.
Professor Pfirman is currently principal investigator of the Polar Learning and Responding: PoLAR Climate Change Education Partnership supported by the National Science Foundation and co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences analysis of Emerging Research Questions in the Arctic. She a member of the National Science Foundation’s advisory committee for Environmental Research and Education, and served as the Advisory Committee’s first chair when it was established over a decade ago. Prior service includes Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Office of Polar Programs at NSF; President of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors; member of the National Academy of Science’s Polar Research Board and the study committee on the Legacy and Lessons of International Polar Year 2007-2008.
Improvement of science education
Advancing women in science
404C Altschul Hall
at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory:
On Leave Spring 2014
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology