Scott Ishman received his B.S. degree in geology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from The Ohio State University. After completing a one-year post-doc at the Byrd Polar Research Center, he spent eight years as a Research Scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey investigating paleoclimate and anthropogenic impacts on coastal ecosystems before coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His research uses the marine microfossil group foraminifera to investigate past paleoenvironmental change. He has been very active in international research with past and current project activities being conducted in Antarctica, Chile, New Zealand, and the Dominican Republic. With funding from the National Science Foundation, he has been investigating the Holocene paleoclimatic and paleoceanographic variability in the Antarctic Peninsula region of Antarctica with current research focus on the eastern Antarctic Peninsula margin where one of the major ice shelves, the Larsen Ice Shelf (LIS), is in a state of rapid collapse. He serves currently as part of LARISSA (LARsen Ice Shelf System Antarctica), a large international research effort that includes the UK, Korea, Argentina, and Belgium, to address the mechanisms responsible for significant ice shelf collapse. He also works as part of another international ANtarctic DRILLing program, ANDRILL, which is comprised of scientists from the US, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand. As part of this research team, he worked as the foraminiferal staff scientist on the drill site for the Southern McMurdo Sound (SMS) drilling in 2007.
Biography Updated on 14 March 2012