Profiles of Women Working In STEM

M Jackson

Geographer and Glaciologist

Dr. M Jackson is a geographer and glaciologist, National Geographic Society Explorer, TED Fellow, public speaker, and author. A veteran three-time U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Turkey and Iceland, Jackson currently serves as a U.S. Fulbright Ambassador and an Arctic Expert for National Geographic Expeditions. Jackson holds a doctorate from the University of Oregon, a Master of Science degree from the University of Montana, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, and has worked for over a decade in the Arctic chronicling climate change and communities, guiding backcountry trips, and exploring glacial systems. Dr. Jackson’s 2019 book, The Secret Lives of Glaciers, explores the complex impacts of glacier change for communities along the southeastern coast of Iceland. Her 2015 memoir, 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. Jackson travels extensively to many of the planet’s coldest and remotest places, working with explorers, filmmakers, artists, and scientists to continue documenting and sharing how glacier loss impacts human communities worldwide. Jackson also gives many public talks and lectures on climate change, glaciers, and women in science. Learn more at

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