Scientific Project Officer
Mountain Research Initiative



Gabrielle Vance is a geologist and editor from Alaska, U.S.A. As a Scientific Project Officer at the MRI Coordination Office, she organizes scientific projects and events, and manages the MRI Expert Database.

Gabrielle has a B.A. and an M.S. in geology from Whitman College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, respectively. Throughout her studies, she edited scientific manuscripts and developed earth science curricula for projects funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

After completing her M.S., Gabrielle conducted scientific outreach for the University of Alaska Museum of the North and taught geology at the University of Alaska Southeast. Since moving to Switzerland, she teaches English, studies German, and profiles women in science. She also loves biking, hiking, skiing, swimming in the Aare, and vitaparcours.

Research Focus

Keywords: Geomorphology, Mountains, Science and Art, Scientific Communication, STEM Education and Outreach, STEM Representation

Gabrielle’s undergraduate thesis research focused on the glacial history of Mongolia’s Vostoch Range. Her master’s thesis explored the complex interrelationships among climate, tectonics, and topography in the Eastern Alaska Range. She has collaborated on multiple U.S. National Science
Foundation-funded research projects addressing effective STEM education, particularly for underrepresented groups. She is particularly interested in visualization of change over geologic time scales, e.g., via stop-motion animation.


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