Ross A. Virginia

Co-Lead Scholar

Dr. Ross A. Virginia
Director, Institute of Arctic Studies
Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science
Professor of Environmental Studies
Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences


Ross Virginia is the Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies within the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis and previously held positions at the University of California Riverside and San Diego State University. He is an ecosystem ecologist interested in how rapid environmental change affects ecosystems and society. His research seeks to understand how climate change alters soil biodiversity and the cycling of carbon between ecosystems and the atmosphere. His current research examines carbon and nitrogen cycling in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, where Virginia Valley is named in honor of his research, and in the tundra ecosystems of western Greenland. He also studies the relationships between the disciplines of ecology, ecosystem science, and environmental law. He is active in Arctic policy and global environmental issues as Co-director of the University of the Arctic Institute for Arctic Policy.