Anne Christianson was selected as one of 76 women scientists globally to take part in a leadership initiative and expedition to Antarctica. The goal of the initiative is build a 1,000 strong network of women scientists around the world over the next ten years, to tackle the world's most pressing environmental challenges. While in Antarctica, Anne undertook courses in leadership, science communication, strategic skills, and Antarctic climate and ecosystem science.
For a chapter of her PhD dissertation, Anne Christianson is working in collaboration with the Global Mountain EbA Programme to conduct a gender analysis of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) programs near Mount Elgon National Park, Uganda. EbA programs use biodiversity and ecosystem services to help people adapt to climate change, however the impact of these programs on vulnerable sub-populations, such as women, is not adequately assessed. In 2018 Anne will be conducting interviews and surveys in communities where EbA projects are implemented, and examine how these programs impact individual adaptive capacity and resilience.