Women Climate Leaders to Antarctica

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Sue Natali
for Woods Hole Research Center
I am excited to report that as of Feb. 6, 2018 I have raised $15,015.  Thank you for supporting me in reaching this goal! I look forward to sharing my experience with all of you.

In this uncertain political time, science needs leaders. Scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) have stepped forward to support the integrity of the scientific community and the role of science in policy.

WHRC has also encouraged its scientists to develop themselves as leaders and advocates. I am fortunate to have been selected – along with 77 female scientists from around the world – to participate in the Homeward Bound 12- month leadership program, which culminates in a three-week expedition to Antarctica. I am proud to work at a research organization that actively supports scientists taking on professional development projects such as this.  I am thrilled about this opportunity to be part of a collaboration of women coming together to lead for a better world.

Homeward Bound is a 10-year project, that will build a 1,000-woman global scientific network, focusing on the leadership and planning required to contribute to climate science and environmental conservation.  To learn more about Homeward Bound see their web page at http://homewardboundprojects.com.au/  .

I will be taking part in the second expedition, departing Ushuaia, Argentina for Antarctica on February 18, 2018. I will participate in leadership skills workshops, as well as programs from top Antarctic scientists, who will deliver a cutting-edge program on global climate, biological, and earth system science.

Right now, the Woods Hole Research Center is leading the push to keep science in policy. I want to make sure WHRC continues to have the leaders who will stand up for our shared values.
My Background
I am an Associate Scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center in Falmouth, Massachusetts. My research examines the response of terrestrial ecosystems to a changing environment, with an emphasis on feedbacks to carbon cycling from northern high latitude systems.

I've studied permafrost thaw and fire effects on carbon storage in Alaska and in Siberia, and I place strong emphasis on training the next generation of Arctic scientists.

My Personal Goals For The Program
One critical aspect of my leadership goals is to inform policy makers about the science of climate change and specifically about the impact of carbon emissions from thawing permafrost on future climate.  I have worked to achieve this goal through interactions with national and international policy makers, but I feel that this experience will provide critical leadership skills to help me to make these interactions more effective.
As a female scientist, I think it is particularly important for young girls and women to interact with strong female role models in the scientific community. This opportunity will increase the visibility of women in science and provide training to increase women in leadership positions. Our planet's environmental challenges are complex, and finding and implementing science-based solutions to these problems requires a diverse and well-represented scientific community.

In addition to the leadership training, this program will enhance my ability to share the science behind climate change by extending my first-hand experiences in the Artic to the Antarctic, where climate change is having the greatest impact.  

My Funding Goal
Campaign Update: I recently received an offline gift of $8,000, bringing my total raised to $10,840.

Homeward Bound is contributing substantially to the $40,000 per person cost of the expedition, however each participant is tasked with fundraising to cover a portion of the expenses of the expedition. My fundraising goal is $25,000.  

All donations will help finance my participation in this journey and are also considered tax deductible contributions to the Woods Hole Research Center.

Reward Levels:
$100    “I'm With Science" Mug

$250   "I'm with Science" T-Shirt

$500+  5 x 7 Antarctic Print

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For each $1000 benchmark (cumulative) I reach, I will spend a day with a teacher, students, or a community group, giving free Polar presentations and providing research experiences to increase science knowledge and awareness of our changing Polar regions.
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I am excited to inform you that I have reached my goal of raising $15,000 towards the expedition. I am looking forward to reporting back to everyone about my experience.
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I am very grateful to everyone who has donated to my campaign. To date I have raised $12, 565, which includes $8,750 raised offline. I wanted to update my supporters on some educational work I have done and share some photos from Alaska.

In September, I spent two weeks in Alaska with teacher John Wood from Talbert Middle School in CA, which included three online events that reached more than 400 students. John is integrating this research into his classroom teaching.

This April I will be working with John again on a 'Master Class' for Polar Educator's International. The class will be an online event for teachers, followed by a 2-week online discussion period. The class will focus on climate change in the Arctic and it's impacts on carbon cycling in Arctic tundra.
Alaska - Sept. 2017
Alaska - Sept. 2017
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I am pleased to update my supporters on some local efforts. I recently worked with students from the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School Environmental Science/Studies classes to measure forest biomass in an oak stand near their school. Some of the students and their teacher had also traveled to Alaska with me this past summer and did similar field sampling. The students will compare carbon pools in forests and soils across different ecosystems in their community. State Representative, Dylan Fernandes, also happened to be at the school for a visit, and he talked to the students about local initiatives to address climate change.
Students taking samples
Measuring BioMass on Martha's Vineyard
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Total progress towards my goal, including offline donations, is now at $2,320. Thank you everyone for the ongoing support.
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$4,190 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 19 months
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Created March 17, 2017
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