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Joanna   Young

Graduate Student in Geology and Geophysics

Office:     Elvey 410 G
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: integrating ground, airborne and remote sensing data for improving glacier mass balance estimates; glacier/climate interactions; climate change communication; environmental education; environmental identity formation in youth.

For an easy-to-read description of my Masters work, see this article in Alaska Park Science magazine.

Outreach: I also co-founder and program lead for 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 beautiful 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, having a short attention span.

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.