Wooster Alumna Jessica Conroy to Speak at 33rd Annual Osgood Memorial Lecture

Assistant professor of geology at the University of Illinois to present free, public lecture on April 2, at The College of Wooster

24 March, 2014

WOOSTER, Ohio – Jessica Conroy, assistant professor of geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present "Dust and Temperature Variability in the Himalayas and Southern Tibetan Plateau over the Last Millennium" at the 33rd annual Richard G. Osgood, Jr., Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, April 2, at The College of Wooster. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

Conroy received her undergraduate degree from Wooster, and her master's and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Her research is focused on understanding the modern climate system and reconstructing past climate variability using biological, chemical, and physical archives of climate and environmental change found in lake sediments with the ultimate goal of placing recent climate change in a deeper and broader context to improve projections of future climate change. A major component of her research is also modern monitoring of lake systems and analysis of the stable isotopic composition of precipitation, seawater, and vapor.

Conroy has been an author of many articles in peer-reviewed publications and holds memberships in the American Geophysical Union, the American Quaternary Association, the Geological Society of America, and Past Global Changes (PAGES).

The Richard G. Osgood, Jr., Memorial Lectureship in Geology was established in 1981 and endowed by his three sons in memory of their father, a paleontologist with an international reputation who taught at Wooster from 1967 until 1981. Funds from this endowment are used to bring a well-known scientist interested in paleontology and/or stratigraphy to the campus each year to lecture and meet with students. Conroy's lecture is sponsored by the Department of Geology and the Richard G. Osgood, Jr., Memorial Lecture Endowed Fund. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2380) or email.