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Ilyse Horlings, Thayer Engineering

My name is Ilyse Horlings, and I'm a 4th year Ph.D. student at the Thayer School of Engineering. I study how snow gets compacted and turned into glacial ice in places like Greenland and Antarctica through various methods, including computer programming, laboratory experiments, and fieldwork. Snow compaction is important for understanding what's going on below the surface of glaciers, and helps us understand over time and space how much output there is to the oceans for sea-level rise calculations.

My story is partly why I'm so passionate about outreach and teaching. I grew up in the Portland, Oregon area, and I had to be very crafty in order to navigate numerous financial and academic obstacles for my education. Thus, I consider my position here at Dartmouth College to be one of my greatest life achievements. During my Master's degree at the University of Washington and my time at Dartmouth, I have had the privilege of pursuing this passion of mine by getting to teach K-12, undergrads, and the public about geology and arctic science. And I'm really looking forward to working with the SEPA team this year!

When I'm not working on science, I love playing guitar and cello, photographing landscapes and nature up close, and hiking, skiing and rock climbing in the mountains.