Mariama Dryak

Research Assistant

Address: 300F Bryand Global Sciences Center, Climate Change Institute, Orono, ME 04469

Advisor: Dr. Ellyn Enderlin


Mariama is pursuing a M.Sc. degree in the Climate Change Institute and School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine. Her interest in the environment was honed whilst growing up on a sustainable organic farm in driftless Wisconsin, and was further developed whilst studying physical geography at Durham University. Her undergraduate dissertation fieldwork in southern Iceland peaked her interest in ice-climate interactions and prompted her to pursue this topic further. Mariama is the Co-Chair of the United States Association for Polar Early Career Scientists (USAPECS), the US national committee representative for APECS International and is the editor of an environmental advocacy and science communication blog entitled ‘Let’s Do Something BIG.’ []. In her free time, Mariama can be found running, climbing up mountains, working in public science communication or getting muddy whilst wandering off trail or orienteering.

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Mariama is working with Dr. Ellyn Enderlin in the physical glaciology and remote sensing lab at the University of Maine. For her M.Sc. thesis she is calculating meltwater fluxes and melt rates for icebergs proximal to marine-terminating glaciers and ice shelves around the Antarctic Peninsula, and seeing how they relate to observed ocean temperatures and changes in terminus extent and elevation on nearby source glaciers.



Arctic Changes