I became involved with Girls on Ice in 2011, when I was a coordinator for the Washington program and got to spend time on the beautiful Mount Baker. I was so inspired by the idea of learning in such a spectacular setting, by the program philosophy, and by its amazing participants that, together with two others, we launched the second Inspiring Girls Expeditions program - Girls on Ice Alaska - in 2012. I have been deeply involved in Inspiring Girls Expeditions and its growth as a lead instructor ever since, so I can carry out one of my biggest personal goals of providing young women with encouragement and support in learning how powerful they can be.
I bring to Inspiring Girls Expeditions a mixed background in science and the humanities, which I think provides a unique lens to how I see the natural world, as well as the role of science in our global community. Currently, I am a PhD candidate in Geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where I study the beautiful glaciers of Alaska to determine how quickly they are shrinking in climate change. Before beginning my PhD, I also obtained a Masters in Geophysics at UAF, and before that a BS in Astrophysics and a BA in Philosophy of Science at the University of British Columbia.
I am passionate about environmental education and science communication, and have been in documentary films like the German ‘Abenteuer Alaska’ and National Geographic IMAX’s movie ‘Extreme Weather.’ In Dec. 2016, I will visit Antarctica for the first time, as one of 78 global women scientists selected for the ‘Homeward Bound’ leadership program. When I am not exploring topics in science, education, and leadership, I can be found exploring the mountains of Alaska and the world by ski, foot, bike, and packraft.