As far back as I can remember, I have had a deep interest in science and physics in particular. However, it took me awhile before I made the leap of applying this passion to understand the natural world. I earned my undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy 2014 where I studied light curves from distant stars. I am currently a PhD student at the University of Maine and my research focuses on the dynamics of ice shelf margins, calving fronts, and their effects on ice shelf stability. This work incorporates numerical modeling and satellite remote sensing techniques in addition to extensive fieldwork in remote locations including Antarctica, Svalbard, and Greenland.
While I have gathered experience as an instructor for the Juneau Icefield Research Program for the past two summers, this will be my first year participating as an instructor for Girls in Icy Fjords. My two greatest passions are kayaking and glaciology, so I am incredibly excited to combine the two and share the experience of exploring and learning about ice-ocean interactions in Southeast Alaska with a diverse team of strong females.