Jonathan E. Thom

[Jonathan Thom]

I am an assistant researcher at the Space Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My current responsibilities are with the Antarctic Automatic Weather Station (AWS) group. This involves processing of AWS data received from our stations and field maintenance of our stations. I have also been involved with a project that has installed AWS stations with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers on icebergs to track their motions.

I received a bachelor�s degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Mathematics. I then ended up in Madison, Wisconsin working in insurance. I soon realized that was a misguided career choice. I longed for the hallowed halls of academia. I then decided to enter the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. I had no experience in the field, but was undeterred. After an initial disorientation I ended up in the Antarctic AWS group. I received a master�s degree in Atmospheric Science. My thesis was studying the surface heat budget of the snow on the Greenland crest. I left the Antarctic sciences for a year or two before I found myself back with the AWS group.

I am married to Kristi and we have a super dog, Nick. I enjoy backpacking, hiking, camping, canoeing, tinkering with my bicycles, riding my bicycles, running, cooking (and eating), and hanging out with Kristi and Nick.

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