While studying biology at the University of Puget Sound, I spent two summers hiking on glaciers throughout the Pacific Northwest researching the phylogeography and ecology of ice worms with Dr. Peter Wimberger. Since my undergrad, I worked as a biology field technician and outdoor educator across the United States. I am currently concluding a Master’s degree in Biology at Western Washington University, and have loved getting to explore the North Cascades while I study the biogeography of snow algae in the Cascade Mountain Range. Because of my passion for experiential and outdoor education, I am very proud to have been able to enhance the citizen science snow algae collection program (The Living Snow Project) started by my advisor Dr. Robin Kodner, and oversee the Kodner Lab’s involvement with Snow School, a program which brings local classrooms to a nearby ski area for hands-on, place-based science and snow education.
I heard about Inspiring Girls Expeditions from Program Coordinator, Sarah Clement, a fellow Snow School Instructor, and was ecstatic to be a guest instructor last summer. I was so inspired by the girls and women I met at Girls on Ice Cascades last summer and am looking forward to another summer of growth on glaciers this summer!