Sheldon Bart is president and founder of Wilderness Research Foundation (WRF), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to mount scientific expeditions for university-based researchers and to bring authentic science from the ends of the earth to K-12 classrooms. WRF launched its initial project in January 2010, with a team from the University of Maryland investigating the decomposition of ancient organic carbon on King George Island, just off the Antarctic Peninsula.
A published author and an authority on polar pioneer Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Sheldon has lectured at the Explorers Club, the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, the Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society, Hunter College of the City University of New York, and the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University. He organized and led the 1996 American Expedition to Baffin Island in the Canadian Eastern Arctic and was project manager of the WRF Antarctic Peninsula program. He is also a senior associate of LAPA/Laurence A. Pagnoni & Associates, a consulting firm based in New York City.