Jacqueline Hung Ph.D.

  • Research Scientist
Jacqueline Hung

Dr. Jacqueline Hung is an expert in soil biogeochemistry and Arctic ecology who is studying how climate change is affecting terrestrial Arctic systems. She leads field research campaigns in Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to investigate changes occurring in Arctic soils and greenhouse gas releases due to warming. Her work is helping to solidify the science that underpins Arctic policies and improve our understanding of these extremely sensitive environments.

Dr. Hung working with soil monitoring equipment in the Arctic.

Dr. Hung previously conducted field research in the Canadian High Arctic as part of her Master’s and Ph.D. work. During her work with the Canadian board of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) as Vice Chair of Communications, she collaborated with other early career researchers to provide polar training and outreach opportunities for students and researchers conducting work in the Arctic. Currently a member of the Protect Our Winters (POW) Canada Science Alliance, Dr. Hung works with winter athletes and the outdoor community to advocate for nature-based climate solutions.

Through visits to northern communities and her relationships with Indigenous residents, Dr. Hung has seen first-hand the impacts of Arctic warming on their livelihoods. Helping better understand and predict physical changes and their impacts on these communities is a major motivation for her work. She is also passionate about science education and furthering opportunities for the next generation of Arctic scientists.

Dr. Hung’s work sometimes takes her to extreme environments.

Dr. Hung earned her Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. In her spare time she enjoys scuba diving and hiking with her dog.

Projects

A severely eroding hillside sloughs land towards the water due to permafrost thaw

Permafrost Pathways

Connecting science, people, and policy for Arctic justice and global climate.