As so many of us, I got introduced to Inspiring Girls Expeditions through volunteering as a gear fairy for the Girls on Ice Alaska program and later helped out during the application process. The last two years I had the privilege of being an instructor for the Girls on Ice AK program. Instructing and working with our participants is definitely a highlight each year. It gives my work as a scientist a deeper meaning and I get the opportunity to transfer my excitement and love for sciences, wilderness and outdoor activities to younger generations!
I am a Chemical Oceanographer at the International Arctic Research Center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. My scientific career started as a Marine Biologist in tropical Australia, studying coral reefs. I quickly became concerned about the growing impacts of human-made changes to the environment and started to focus on the effects of ocean acidification and climate change on marine chemistry and ecosystems. Growing up in Switzerland, I loved spending time in the mountains and was always fascinated by glaciers. I feel very lucky that I am now able to combine my passion for glaciers and the marine environment in my research and during our Inspiring Girls Expeditions.
Girls on Ice Alaska Instructor 2015, 2016
Girls in Icy Fjords Instructor 2017