The summer field season is made possible by our amazing crew of volunteer teaching faculty. Each of them donates their valuable time to plan lessons and projects, get to Juneau, and spend every hour of their days guiding JIRP students through their discovery of the glacial environment. Our faculty make JIRP all that it can be.
During the winter, the Academic Council meets regularly to develop curriculum, read student and faculty applications, write grant proposals, and plan for the 2020 season. In addition, each of them spends significant time with the Expedition acting as Academic Leads, managing academics in camp and leading student research projects. The Academic Council are a cornerstone of JIRP.
Dr. Seth Campbell
Director of Academics and Research
Seth had his first inspiring experience on the Icefield as a JIRP student in 2007. Between 2008 and 2017 he returned for several field seasons to teach geophysics and conduct research with students. In 2018, Seth took over as the Director of Academics and Research. Seth is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine and a Research Geophysicist at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. He has participated in over fifty cryosphere research field seasons to Alaska, Antarctica, Canada, South America, and Greenland. Prior to his academic and research career, he worked as an Emergency Medical Technician, wilderness medicine instructor, and rock climbing instructor. He holds a B.A., B.S., M.S. and PhD in Earth and Climate Sciences as well as an M.B.A
Dr. Sarah Fortner
Academic Council (focus: Biogeochemistry, Pedagogy, and Science Comm.)
Sarah is an Earth advocate and an Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Science at Wittenberg University. Mentoring is her favorite role, she works hard to decolonize climate science, train researchers, and empower students as scientists and agents of change. She collaborates with scientists, educators, community stakeholders and policy makers at the local to national level. Lately, she's been splitting her time writing about the biogeochemistry of cryoconite holes in the McMurdo Dry Valleys and developing a resilience toolkit in collaboration with GSA and AGI. She's watched glaciers retreat firsthand on the Juneau Icefield since 1995. This is both sad and fueling. Inclusive science, teaching, and advocacy are core to needed climate justice. #BlackLivesMatter
Dr. Brad Markle
Academic Council (focus: Geochemisty and Climate Science)
Brad is a postdoc at the Earth Research Institute, University of California Santa Barbara. Brad first participated in JIRP as a student in 2007 (with Seth and Allen!). Since 2011 Brad has been sampling all the various possible roles with JIRP: staff, staffulty, faculty, project lead, academic lead, wizard. On JIRP, Brad teaches about climate, paleoclimate, and geochemistry and has been helping to lead the isotope geochemistry project for the last few years. Brad studies climate variability and climate dynamics in the past using ice core records and climate models. He got his PhD from the University of Washington in 2017, went to New Zealand in 2011 on a Fulbright to get an MSc, and has a BA from Pomona College. He likes to climb, run, ski, drink coffee, and scheme boondoggles.
Brad on JIRP : "JIRP is the best people in the world, in the best place in the world, having the most fun in world."
Dr. Lindsey Nicholson
Academic Council (focus: Glaciology)
Lindsey is a glaciologist, who, since 2013, has been coming to JIRP to teach whenever she can spare summer weeks from studying the glaciers in the European Alps. Lindsey did a BSc in Geography before going on to earn a PhD studying the glaciers of the Himalaya. Since then she has worked in a snow and ice core chemistry lab in Canada, moved to Chile to study glaciers and snow hydrology in the arid Andes, and finally landed in Austria, which has proved hard to leave. She is currently a senior researcher and glaciology group leader at the University of Innsbruck. On JIRP Lindsey teaches mainly about glaciers and their interaction with climate, but being a bit of a jack-of-all-trades she can turn her hand to many aspects of Earth and atmospheric sciences. Lindsey still aspires to learn the guitar one day but snowboarding, hiking, climbing and mountain biking adventures often get in the way.
Lindsey on JIRP: JIRP is how life should be: Cooperative, challenging, caring, adventurous, educational and delightful - everyone bringing their very best to the game.
Dr. Allen Pope
Academic Council (focus: Remote sensing, Science Communication)
Allen is the Executive Secretary of the International Arctic Science Committee (where he helps Arctic scientists collaborate across disciplinary and national boundaries) as well as a Research Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (where his research is based on using satellite imagery to monitor glacier surface processes around the world). Allen first came to JIRP as a student in 2007 (with Brad and Seth!) and has returned to contribute academically every chance he has gotten since. Allen's remote sensing and GIS background has helped JIRPers visualize and analyze the data from their research, as well as share what they have learned with audiences in Atlin, Juneau, and international scientific conferences. He holds degrees from Harvard University (A.B. in Chemistry and Earth & Planetary Sciences in 2008) and Cambridge University (M.Phil and PhD in Polar Studies in 2009 and 2013). Allen also tweets about polar science (@PopePolar), has taught yoga classes in JIRP cookshacks on stormy days, and is a mentor/dessert critic for the JIRP bakers and pastry chefs.
Allen on JIRP: "For me, science is about processes and about people. On JIRP, we get physically connected to the processes we are trying to understand while learning from and working alongside some of the best people in the world."
Dr. Kiya Riverman
Academic Council (focus: Glaciology)
Kiya is a postdoc at the University of Oregon, studying glacial hydrology and ice flow. She has been spending her summers with JIRP since 2014, leading projects ranging from active seismic and gravity surveys of Taku glacier to modeling the Icefield to supraglacial hydrology of the Llewelyn glacier. Kiya got her PhD in Geosciences from Penn State in 2017, and her B.S. in Earth Science from Oregon State in 2011. Her work tends to take her to far-off corners of the world, including Antarctica, Greenland, and Svalbard. When she's actually at home in Oregon, she's a fan of cooking overly complicated recipes, climbing/caving/canyoneering, and the beautiful pairing of earl grey and a good book.
Kiya on JIRP: "Every year, JIRP reminds me why I study what I do. There's nothing I love quite so much as blowing student's minds over the beautiful complexity of glaciers."
Dr. Catharine White
Academic Council (focus: Geobotany/Ecology)
Catharine joined JIRP as a guest faculty member in the 2016 field season and has been hooked ever since. Her primary research background is in microbiology and plant-microbe interactions. She currently teaches at Northwest Community College in Terrace, British Columbia, where she most enjoys working on field projects with students. With JIRP, her science contributions have been in geobotany, soils, nutrient cycling, and overall life processes on the nunataks and the icefield. When not at the College or JIRP, she prefers to be out exploring in the mountains or on the ocean. Catharine has a PhD in Microbiology from Cornell University.
Catharine on JIRP: “I am honoured to be a part of this amazing program, and I always look forward to meeting the next year’s students and another field season of science, learning, and exploration on the Icefield!”