Lila Rickenbaugh uses satellite imagery to study small water bodies in the Arctic and boreal landscapes. These small bodies have the potential to be potent methane emitters as organic matter at the bottom of lakes decompose. Better understanding them will improve greenhouse gas emissions tracking.
Rickenbaugh hopes to generate meaningful analyses through her project that can ultimately influence Arctic climate policy. She is passionate about applied research and wants her science to contribute to decision-making around water and agriculture.
She grew up in Bozeman, MT and loves to run, climb, ski and bike in the surrounding mountains. She is currently earning her masters degree at Montana State University, Bozeman.