Taryn Black

Taryn Black is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington. She is part of Ian Joughin’s team, currently analyzing Greenland Ice Sheet data, collected via satellite remote sensing.

A Washington local, Taryn was also a UW undergraduate student in ESS and physics. During that time, she was a lab assistant for PSC’s Bonnie Light, studying Snowball Earth and modern sea ice. Following a parallel interest in volcanology, in 2016 Taryn completed her master’s degree at Georgia Tech, where she studied the effects of pulsating flow on explosive volcanic eruption dynamics with Josef Dufek. However, Taryn’s interest in polar research had not waned and she returned to glaciology as a Ph.D. student, with substantial, although varied, field experience, including volcanology projects in Mexico and Greece and a paleoecology project in Bolivia. She has also worked with ESS’s John Stone in Antarctica, collecting rock samples for cosmogenic nuclide exposure dating of the West Antarctic ice sheet.

Science communication and public education are also important to Taryn. She was involved in Polar Science Weekend throughout her time as an undergraduate, and, while earning her master’s, Taryn was a professional development instructor for a K-5 science endorsement program administered by Georgia Tech. She has also been a Geogirls scientist at the Mount St. Helens Institute, encouraging girls to pursue careers in the geosciences.

Taryn’s other hobbies include hiking and kayaking.