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.