I love the cold. Love it. As a Glaciologist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, I study the history of sea ice in polar regions using ice core chemistry, which involves long months of living in a tent and drilling ice cores in places like Antarctica, Alaska, the Canadian high Arctic, and Greenland. I hold a BA in Earth and Environmental Science (Wesleyan University), an MA in Geophysics (Columbia University), and the first PhD in Glaciology ever conferred by MIT.
When I'm not busy shivering for science, I seek out the cold for fun, whether working as a climbing ranger in the national parks or guiding expeditions to major peaks in the Andes, Alaska, and the Himalaya. In 2010, I fearlessly led the first all-women’s ascent of Pinnacle Peak (6955m) in the Indian Himalaya. Before that, I was awarded the American Alpine Club (AAC)'s Under 25 Mountaineering Fellowship Fund Grant, and after that I won the AAC's Live Your Dream grant for an expedition to the Little Switzerland area of the Central Alaska Range. During that expedition, my climbing partner and I made pioneering first all-female ascents on mixed routes off the Pika Glacier. In 2015 I was awarded AAC Lara Kellogg and Scott Fischer Conservation Grants for Borderski, my winter ski traverse of Tajikistan's border in the eastern Pamirs. Most recently, I was awarded the 2016 Mugs Stump award and John Lauchlan Award to attempt a first ascent in the Indian Himalaya.