In my mind, the “Inspiring Girls” community is perfectly named. Our mission is to inspire girls, and in turn, we are lucky enough to meet, interact, and learn from these inspiring girls.
One of the earliest times I heard about Girls on Ice was during a presentation by the co-founders of Girls on Ice Alaska after their first expedition in the summer of 2012. I had heard about Girls on Ice before, but seeing fellow glaciology graduate students in leadership roles inspired me to get involved. I first volunteered with Girls on Ice in 2012 when I helped with the website and online application system. I continued helping behind the scenes until 2016, when I had the privilege to instruct for the Girls on Ice Cascades expedition. I am looking forward to instructing for the 2017 Girls on Ice Alaska expedition.
I bring to the Inspiring Girls team my excitement for the earth sciences. As anyone who has ever been outside with me knows, I am forever fascinated by landscape processes, geologic history, volcanoes, glaciers, sediment transport, and of course, rocks. I received a B.S. in geology and an M.S. in earth sciences from Montana State University, and am currently a geophysics Ph.D. candidate with a glaciology specialty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. These studies have provided me with the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in many of the western US states, Alaska, British Columbia, Svalbard, Mexico, Argentina, and even Antarctica. Through Inspiring Girls, I hope to help young women find their footing in the outdoors and in science.
I enjoy teaching – one of my favorite feelings is watching the “aha!” moments when someone figures out some new thing or makes a new connection between concepts. I will never tire of the great reward of hearing about the success of my former students.
Outside of my research and instructing for Girls on Ice, I love rambling through the mountains with friends and running long distances on trails, preferably with my adventure buddy, Nuna dog.
Girls on Ice Volunteer 2012-2015
Girls on Ice Cascades Instructor 2016