McKenzie Kuhn


I am queer and I am an Arctic biogeochemistry PhD student.//

I got my start in Arctic science as an undergraduate working in Siberia with the Polaris Project in 2014. During this time, I was inspired by the northern landscape and the problem solving aspects of working with others to find solutions to some of the important questions surrounding climate change. Now, six years later, I study how climate change is influencing methane emissions from lakes in northern Canada. Methane is naturally emitted from wetlands and lakes, but as temperatures increase and permafrost thaw in northern regions is accelerated, methane emissions from lakes is likely to increase. I still find the northern landscape to be inspiring, but now I find my inspiration to come more from the northern communities and incredible colleagues I get to work with.

Twitter: @kenzco4; Instagram: @kenzkuhn4