M Jackson writes about and researches climate change and human societies. Jackson is a 2017 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for her decades-long work on climate change. She earned a doctorate from the University of Oregon in geography and glaciology, where she examined how climate change transformed people and ice communities in Iceland. A veteran U.S. Fulbright Scholar in both Turkey and Iceland, Jackson currently serves as a U.S. Fulbright Ambassador and as an Arctic Expert for the National Geographic Society. Jackson holds a Masters of Science degree from the University of Montana, where she focused on climate change and Alaskan glaciers. Jackson served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, and is a nationally registered emergency medical technician with extensive experience "in search and rescue, firefighting, and removing cats from trees" in Southeast Alaska. She’s worked for more than ten years in Alaska and the Yukon Territory guiding backcountry trips and exploring glacial systems. Her 2015 book While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate Change weaves together the parallel stories of what happens when the climates of a family and a planet change.