In 2012 I was a gear fairy for the first Girls on Ice Alaska expedition. We hiked out on my birthday. I still remember the enormous birthday balloon that the girls tethered to my backpack. My involvement with Girls on Ice has since grown as the program has expanded into IGE. I attended the IGE workshop in 2015 and have been part of the team developing the Girls on Water program. I am especially excited about a science-art-and wilderness expedition to explore the marine coastal environment by kayak.
I am passionate about science education and especially curious about how (and where, when, why) people connect with science. After completing a Ph.D. in Marine Biology and a graduate certification in Science Teaching and Outreach at UAF, I took a job as a Science Education Designer at the Geophysical Institute. In this role, I worked with scientists from diverse disciplines, including geoscientists, fisheries biologists, and science education researchers to create science experiences that spark curiosity and inspire self-confidence. These days, I spend my time thinking about art- science overlap, science mentors and role models for youth, and salmon ecology. I also love discovering new trails, playing ice hockey, and reading.