“I’ve always been kind of outdoorsy. But Alaska is just a whole new level for a girl growing up in Philadelphia — you can hike in the mountains but that is nothing compared to coming out [to Alaska]. So what I thought would be a two-year master's degree adventure became six years on the first run. Then after leaving I got drawn back in to make Alaska my home. And that’s something I never actually thought I would say, because it was just supposed to be a two-year adventure.”
Lea Gardine, outreach coordinator for the Alaska Earthquake Center, stands in front of a bank of monitors displaying real-time seismic data from around Alaska.