I first learned about Girls on Ice in 2011 when I was an undergraduate at the University of Washington. The program inspired me and I wished both that I had know about the progam when I was growing up in a low income high school as well as that I would be able to someday participate in a program that combined my love for teaching with my passion for the natural world, as Girls on Ice does.
At the University of Washington, I pursued my interests in writing, scientific communication, and landscape processes, receiving a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Geology. After graduating, I moved to Portland, Oregon to begin working for the U.S. Geological Survey, where I conducted field research on Pacific Northwest geology including fluvial geomorphology, landslides, sediment in glacial systems, Quaternary surface processes, and regional structural geology.
In 2015, I decided to pursue a PhD at Oregon State University to study glacial geology and geomorphology in southeast Alaska. I am fascinated with the way landscapes respond to glacial processes and am interested in how the retreat of glaciers across the world is influencing sediment budgets and river systems (as well as how those changes affect humans and the landscape around us).
While I am still working on my PhD, I am now the 2018 Girls on Ice Cascades Onsite Coordinator. I would not be where I am today without the supportive women in my life and I do what I can to pass that on promoting the amazing women I have met over the years. I love teaching and sharing my passion for the natural world with others. I can't think of a better place to do that than with Girls on Ice!