I am a Ph.D. student researching glacier melting and stream hydrology in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, throughout the Holocene and late Pleistocene. My passion for Earth sciences is inspired by the natural beauty of my home state; Tasmania, Australia. I completed a Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science with Honours at the University of Tasmania, which included a year of exchange in Japan. This experience confirmed the value of international studies, and encouraged me to relocate to the University of Massachusetts Lowell with the assistance of a Quad Fellowship, to continue expanding my perspective and networks. My research on the Earth’s response to climate variability is key to anticipating future impacts of climate change at both ecosystem and community scales.