Public Speaking

Ulyana Horodyskyj, PhD, founder of Science in the Wild, is available for keynote speaking at your events! As a professional scientist, National Fellow of The Explorers Club, mission commander of NASA HERA XII, and mountaineer, Ulyana covers a variety of topics.

Extreme Science –  What is it like working in the field in extreme locations? What is the data telling us about how and how fast our planet is changing? Hear about working on the back deck of an icebreaker in Antarctica; skiing in Baffin Island (Canadian Arctic) and collecting data on snow pollution; paddling across glacial lakes in Nepal to collect information on potential of glacial floods; and exploring the wreckage of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in the Andes, from the story made famous in the book and movie, Alive!

Climbing & Science – Climbing mountains is challenging both physically and mentally. Doing science at high altitudes, even more so. Hear about projects on peaks in the Himalaya (Nepal), on Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Aconcagua (Argentina), Ojos del Salado (Chile), and more, studying the impacts of natural and manmade pollution. Find out how you can get involved, too!

Leadership – As the commander of the NASA HERA (human exploration research analog) XII mission at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, Ulyana was in charge of a 4-person team locked in a habitat the size of a small apartment for 30 days. What was the experience like, being confined and isolated with a group of strangers? What were the leadership challenges? How will this help NASA on its journey to Mars?

Women in Science & Exploration – Ulyana developed an interest in science at a young age. In elementary and high school, she was crafting science fair projects and competing at the national and international levels. As a female, she has encountered many professional and personal challenges and has overcome them to earn her PhD and found her own science education company. We need girls and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) now more than ever! Hear about possibilities for this with Science in the Wild.

In Search of Black Ice: Science and Exploration in the Nepalese Himalaya, The Explorers Club public lecture, New York, NY, USA, March 2, 2015.

Women in Exploration, The Explorers Club speaker series, Fjallraven, Boulder, CO, USA, May 25, 2017.

 “Earth Analogs for Space,” Explorer Series, Chautauqua Community House, Boulder, CO, USA, December 7, 2017.

“Is Anybody Out There?” #YouExplore convention, Bergen, Norway, inspirational talk to over 4000 Norwegian middle and high school students, February 7, 2018.

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