Geologist and naturalist, Grace is a Montanan now living in Seattle. Grace received her degrees in geology (BS and MSc) from Montana State University. Funded by a grant from the National Geographic Society, she pursued her master’s degree in Alaska’s remote Pribilof Islands. Here she investigated the volcanic evolution of St. Paul Island, creating a geologic map, and predicting volcanic hazards in the event of a future eruption. Her knowledge of the Pribilof Islands and the Bering Sea region led to her work as a consulting geologist on St. George Island for NOAA’s Pribilof Restoration Project.
Grace’s background is as varied as her love of all types of nature, science, and teaching. As a young nurse she studied midwifery in London and later served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War. Grace lived in Alaska’s interior for several years where she was an avid birder, wilderness camper, marathon runner, and sled dog racer. As a geologist at Montana State University, Grace taught courses on environmental geology, the geology of Alaska, and the geology of diamonds. She also led field trips to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and gave presentations on many geological topics. Grace participated in several geological expeditions to the Cascade Mountains volcanoes, including a hike into the crater of Mount St. Helens.
Grace volunteered for several years as a crew/educator on the tall ship Adventuress. Moving on to expedition ships, she has been sailing as a guest speaker and expedition team member on educational voyages since 2005. Her travels have taken her into the Arctic in both the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans, and several times across the Bering Sea to Japan, the Kuril Islands, and from Kamchatka to Chukotka in the Russian Far East.
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