• joanna young


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    Science, natural history, adventure

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


    As a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, I study how Alaska's glaciers are shrinking in climate change and impacting rivers, ecosystems, and communities downstream.


    I am also the Director for the Alaska programs of Inspiring Girls Expeditions, which are unique, free, science, art, and wilderness programs for young women.


    I have over a decade of experience in environmental education and science communication, and am always eager for more chances to share and inform on the beauty of glaciers and the urgency of climate change.


    Postdoctoral research fellow at the International Arctic Research Center where I examine glacier mass loss and hydrological change in glacier watersheds, and ecosystem impacts. I have extensive experience in the field, both in planning and execution. I have also studied the impacts of exploring glacial landscapes on environmental identity formation in youth.

    Director of the Alaska programs of Inspiring Girls Expeditions, including Girls on Ice Alaska, which I co-founded in 2012. Inspiring Girls Expeditions are unique, free, backcountry science programs for underserved high school female-identifying youth, focused on developing young womxn's STEM, art, wilderness travel, and leadership skills.

    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.

    inclusive 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 have organized and led 2-day leadership workshops for early career women in science and for improving diversity and inclusivity, for 40 participants each from around Alaska.

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