See this nice write-up that the Space Grant put out about the recipients. Melinda and I are trying to detect saltwater intrusion, and its effects, from space!
Last spring, I took a WFR course to help prepare myself for emergency situations either during field work or during GALS. Check out this article put out by the Duke Graduate School who helped to sponsor the course!
I am very proud of the participants of GALS 2018 who overcame new challenges on the quest for scientific knowledge and outdoor adventure. Every year, I am amazed by how much I learn from this experience. See more about GALS on our Facebook page.
REI Co-op announced their recipients for their Force of Nature Fund Grant and GALS has been awarded $20,000! Over 500 organizations applied for funding through this program and GALS is one of 26 winners, all non-profits whose aim is to advance gender equality in the outdoors. For the full story check out the REI Newsroom: https://tinyurl.com/ybk5cxt2
After the conclusion of GALS 2017 inaugural season I am exhausted, but ecstatic about how the program turned out! After spending 7 nights sleeping in tents in the woods with 8 high school aged ladies, I have a renewed appreciation for nature, scientific investigation, hiking, snails, laughter, and indoor plumbing. As an experienced backpacker and avid environmental scientist, I had a good handle on what I was getting into, but for the participants, everything about this trip was new. After overcoming the challenges of living in the back-country and surviving off of what can be carried on your back, the participants took on the additional challenge of scientific investigations. I think the most exciting thing for me was watching these young women learn that you don't always need a degree or fancy equipment to do science, and that their own curiosity, creativity and ingenuity was enough to fuel amazing discoveries that I hope will inspire them to continue to push boundaries in all aspects of their lives.
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