With 30+ years of exploration in Alaska, this program knows when and where to go to get you up-close to Alaska’s iconic wildlife. Cruise along the coast and actively explore a land of mistshrouded fjords, tidewater glaciers, and islands teeming with wildlife. Kayak amid glacial ice, hike an old growth forest, spend a full day in Glacier Bay National Park exploring and learning about Alaska’s rich Tlingit heritage from an on-board cultural interpreter. Our expedition teams include expert naturalists, an undersea specialist who reveals the seldom-seen wildlife beneath the water, and a certified photo instructor will help you take your best photos ever!
**Program pricing and itinerary subject to change until final publication of brochure**
Melody Brown Burkins, PhD, is the Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies, Senior Associate Director in the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth. With over 30 years of experience as a polar scientist working in academia and governance, she is an advocate for policy-engaged scholarship, experiential education, and the support of science policy and diplomacy initiatives advancing sustainability, inclusion, and gender equality in the Arctic and around the world.
A "science diplomat" for Arctic and global issues, Dr. Burkins is a Special Advisor and Assembly Representative to the UArctic global network, an elected member of the Founding Governing Board of the International Science Council (ISC), and Chair of the U.S. National Academies’ Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO). She is also Past Chair of the U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences (USNC-GS) and serves on the UN Office of Disaster Risk Reduction Global Assessment Report (UNDRR-GAR) Advisory Board and 15-Member UNESCO Global Independent Expert Group on Universities and the 2030 Agenda (EGU2030).
Burkins earned her B.S. in geology at Yale and both her M.S. and Ph.D. at Dartmouth, focusing her doctoral studies on earth and ecosystem studies in the Antarctic Dry Valleys. She lives in East Thetford, Vermont, with her husband, two sons, and their happy dog.