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Joanna   Young

Recently Affiliated in Geology and Geophysics

Phone:   (907) 474-1896


B.S. Astrophysics - University of British Columbia, 2008.
B.A. Philosophy of Science - University of British Columbia, 2008.
M.S. Geophysics - University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2013.
Thesis: Temperature index modeling of the Kahiltna Glacier:
Comparison to multiple field and geodetic mass balance datasets

Academic interests: estimating glacier mass loss in a changing climate; applied studies on impacts of glacier loss on downstream ecosystems and freshwater availability; climate change communication; environmental outreach; environmental identity development; STEM education.

My latest publication: The challenge of monitoring glaciers with extreme altitudinal range: mass-balance reconstruction for Kahiltna Glacier, Alaska

Outreach: I am also co-founder of a unique, free, wilderness science and mountaineering program for high school girls called Girls on Ice Alaska, which is part of the Inspiring Girls group of programs. Each year, we take a team of 9 teenaged girls from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to explore a remote glacier for 12 days, to learn about glaciers, climate change, the alpine landscape, leadership and self-confidence. Please check us out!

I have also had the opportunity to work with several film crews, most recently as part of a team of glaciologists working on the Dawes Glacier in Southeast Alaska, for a project featured in the National Geographic IMAX film Extreme Weather. Before that, I was also one of the scientists filmed for a German documentary about Alaska: Abenteuer Alaska.

In December 2016, I was selected to participate in the inaugural expedition of Homeward Bound, a leadership and strategic development program in Antarctica for women in science from around the world.

Non-academic interests: traveling, exploring the Alaska playground, skiing/packrafting/mountaineering/biking/running (and combining those in different ways to access long, beautiful, Type-II-fun routes), dabbling in climbing/photography/art/cocktail-making.

For a recent CV, see here.
You can visit me at my website here.
You can also find me on LinkedIn, for more details about my current projects.