KUTZTOWN, PA – Kutztown University’s Department of Geography is pleased to host Dr. M. Jackson, National Geographic Society Explorer, TED Fellow, geographer, glaciologist, environmental educator and author of The Secret Lives of Glaciers (2019). Dr. M. Jackson’s talk will take place on Monday, April 15, at 6 p.m. in room 145 of Boehm Science Building. Following the talk will be a Q&A session with questions from the audience, both in-person and online, as well as a book signing. The event is free and open to the public. In addition to the campus community, local colleges, high schools, and environmental/conservation groups are especially encouraged to attend.
Dr. M. Jackson will share how remote Arctic communities adapt to rapidly transforming glaciers. Her talks typically include science, fun and visual imagery. This event is a unique opportunity to be in the presence of a brilliant climate scientist who enjoys connecting with audiences. It is co-sponsored by the KU Geography Club, Gamma Theta Upsilon, the KU Environmental Science Committee and ACE.
The Secret Lives of Glaciers, which explores the impacts of glacier change on the human and physical geography of Iceland, has received much critical acclaim. Conservationist and National Geographic Explorer Asher Jay notes, “The Secret Lives of Glaciers engulfs you from the very first page, and in that way does due justice to the colossal yet fragile icy protagonist it intends to uncover for its readers.”
Dr. M. Jackson presently serves as an arctic expert for the National Geographic Society. She’s worked for over a decade in the arctic chronicling climate change and communities, guiding backcountry trips and exploring glacial systems. She is currently at work on In Tangible Ice, a multi-year, multi-disciplinary project partnering with explorers, filmmakers and scientists that examines the socio-physical dimensions of glacier retreat in near-glacier communities within all eight circumpolar nations. Dr. M. Jackson travels extensively giving public talks and lectures on climate change and women in science.
Dr. M. Jackson holds a Master of Science from the University of Montana and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia. She earned a doctorate from the University of Oregon, where she examined how climate change transformed people and glacier communities in Iceland. Dr. M. Jackson is the recipient of many grants and awards, including three U.S. Fulbright grants and a U.S. Fulbright Ambassadorship.