UMaine glaciologist, Juneau Icefield Research Program profiled in new book – S. Campbell

The University of Maine’s Juneau Icefield Research Program and its director of academics and research, Seth Campbell, are profiled in a new book debuting Nov. 2 by award-winning journalist Porter Fox.

“The Last Winter: The Scientists, Adventurers, Journeymen, and Mavericks Trying to Save the World,” published by Little, Brown and Company, tells the story of climate change from four venues — the West Coast drought and fires, and glacier retreat on the Juneau Icefield in Alaska, in the Alps and in Greenland.

Since 2019, the Juneau Icefield Research Program has been a UMaine field course taught through the School of Earth and Climate Sciences with Climate Change Institute research support. Five to 10 UMaine undergraduate and graduate students annually join 70 to 80 other peers and faculty from throughout the world who share an interest in polar and Earth systems  science and field skills training. The eight-week summer field season also includes a ski traverse of the Juneau Icefield in southeast Alaska and northern British Columbia.

Campbell, a UMaine alumnus and assistant professor of glaciology in the Climate Change Institute, and the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, has known Fox for two decades. Campbell is one of the many internationally recognized scientists interviewed for “The Last Winter,” described by Fox in the book as “an Arctic ice hustler who has been on 60 polar expeditions in his young career, teaches at the University of Maine’s renowned School of Earth and Climate Sciences.”

More information about Fox, who grew up on the Maine coast, and his latest book is online.