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Humanities for the Environment Member M Jackson
Geographer, adventurer, environmental educator, and 2017 National Geographic Emerging Explorer,

M Jackson

Geographer, adventurer, environmental educator, and 2017 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, M Jackson studies and writes about glaciers and climate change. M earned a doctorate from the University of Oregon in geography and glaciology, where she examined how climate change transformed people and ice communities in Iceland. A veteran U.S. Fulbright Scholar in both Turkey and Iceland, M currently serves as a U.S. Fulbright Ambassador. M holds a Masters of Science degree from the University of Montana, where she focused on climate change and Alaskan glaciers. M served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, and is a nationally registered emergency medical technician with extensive experience “in search and rescue, firefighting, and removing cats from trees” in Southeast Alaska. M has worked for more than ten years in Alaska and the Yukon Territory guiding backcountry trips and exploring glacial systems. Her 2015 book While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change weaves together the parallel stories of what happens when the climates of a family and a planet change. More recently she is the author of The Secret Lives of Icelandic Glaciers (2018). She is currently working on In Tangible Ice, a multi-year project examining the socio-physical dimensions of glacier retreat in near-glacier communities within all eight circumpolar nations. M has led National Geographic Student Expeditions programs in Alaska and Iceland. In 2018 she was named a TED fellow.

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