Joanna Young-A Glaciologist in Disneyland

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From Astrophysics to Geophysics, some might call Joanna Young an underachiever.

But in this episode of MHP, this Fairbanks resident shares her true achievement as a relentless optimist for our planet, while working as a Glaciologist in Alaska.

With a childhood spent in the cold of Canada, a love of the outdoors, and a passion for mentoring young girls in the Girls on Ice program, it’s little wonder that Joanna jumped at the recent opportunity to travel to Antarctica with 75 other women scientists, on the impressive inaugural Homeward Bound voyage.

In this podcast, she chats about this 10-year planet changing initiative, marvels at visiting her very own version of Disneyland and discusses the impact that women in leadership can, do and will make on the future of our mother earth.

She also shares her secret to making a great cocktail, tells what it’s like to jump in to frigid waters with thousands of onlookers and explains why there really is no debate about climate change.

Joanna Young is a Geoscientist, PhD candidate and environmental educator. When she’s not studying the impacts of climate change on glaciers in Alaska, she’s mentoring young girls as the Co-founder of Girls on Ice Alaska. Joanna is also part of the inaugural Homeward Bound leadership, strategic and science initiative which aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in science, in order to influence policy and decision making as it shapes our planet.

You can learn more about this Joanna and her important work at

and about the Homeward Bound global movement at

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