My first experience with Girls on Ice was in 2012 as a gear fairy for the first Girls on Ice program in Alaska. We hiked out on my birthday. I still remember the enormous birthday balloon that the girls tethered to my backpack (which flapped frantically in the wind and frequently hit me in the face). My involvement with Girls on Ice has since grown as the program has expanded into Inspiring Girls Expeditions. I attended the Inspiring Girls 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 the University of Alaska Fairbanks (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.