13 September 2019

NSIDC Director Mark Serreze Named Distinguished Professor

Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), has been named Distinguished Professor. Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), has been named Distinguished Professor, the highest honor awarded to faculty across the CU system. | High-resolution image

Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder), has received the highest honor awarded to faculty across the CU system—distinguished professorship. In order to receive this distinction, candidates must demonstrate exemplary performance in research or creative work, have a record of excellence in classroom teaching and supervision of individual learning, and exhibit outstanding leadership and service to the profession. Only 106 faculty members have received the distinguished professorship since its inception in 1977.

“If I have achieved anything in my career that merits this recognition, it is because of the support that I have received from my family, colleagues and the University of Colorado,” said Serreze. “I have had the rare and enviable opportunity at this University to stand not alone, but as one in the midst of excellence.”

Serreze received his doctorate in geography from CU Boulder in 1989 for his work in Arctic sea ice variability. Today, his work focuses on the rapid changes occurring in the Arctic. He is one of the most published scientists in his field and author of the award-winning textbook “The Arctic Climate System” and the critically acclaimed “Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North.”

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