• JOANNA YOUNG

    GEOSCIENTIST & ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR

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    EXPLORING GLACIER LANDSCAPES

    Science, natural history, adventure

    I am an outdoors addict with a background in physics and a love of mountains - things that brought me to glaciology & my current home in Alaska.

     

    Most of the year, I am a PhD student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, studying how the glaciers of Alaska are shrinking in climate change and acting as one of the greatest contributors to sea level rise.

     

    I also punctuate this work with numerous environmental education and science communication activities, and am always eager for chances to share and inform on the beauty of glaciers and the urgency of climate change.

  • PROJECTS

    PhD candidate at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where I integrate field, modeling and satellite data to improve estimates of glacier mass loss in Alaska. I have extensive experience in the field, both in planning and execution. I also study the impacts of exploring glacial landscapes on environmental identity formation in youth.

    Program lead and co-founder of Girls on Ice Alaska, an Inspiring Girls Expedition. Girls on Ice Alaska is a unique, free, backcountry science program for underserved high school girls, focused on developing young women's STEM, art, and mountaineering skills, as well as self-confidence.

    climate change communication

    I have experience working with film crews showcasing Alaska's glaciers, including an interview on CBC's The National, the German documentary Abenteuer Alaska, and the National Geographic IMAX film 'Extreme Weather.'

    In Dec. 2016, I participated in the inaugural Homeward Bound expedition, a three-week leadership and strategic program for 78 female scientists from around the world, as featured in Marie Claire and Forbes magazines, for which I was interviewed. I tell about my experience on the program in podcasts from Expat Sandwich and My Home Planet.

    women in science

    I am deeply passionate about promoting diversity and inclusivity in the sciences, and have been involved with several university committees towards this goal. I recently organized and led a 2-day leadership workshop for early career women in science for 45 participants from around Alaska.

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