PhD Student / Lead Instructor of Girls on Ice – Alaska
Fairbanks, Alaska (originally from Canada)
Joanna is an outdoors addict with a love of mountains. Born in Toronto, Canada and with a background in Astrophysics (BS), Philosophy of Science (BA) and now Geophysics (MS), Joanna is a PhD student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA, studying how Alaska’s glaciers are shrinking in climate change. Joanna is also Program Lead for Girls on Ice Alaska, a unique, free, mountaineering and science experience for underserved high school girls on a sub-Arctic glacier. Joanna also studies the impacts of Girls on Ice on perceptions of climate change. Outside of work, Joanna lives in a cabin, runs trails, skis the backcountry and rafts rivers, to keep up with her superhuman partner and be as close to the wilds as possible.