Kira Holland is a PhD student in the Canadian Ice Core Lab at the University of Alberta. Kira received her B.A. in Geography and her B.A. in Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin and her M.Sc. in Geography at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on using ice, both in the ground as permafrost and in glaciers, to understand past changes in regional climate and marine productivity in high latitude regions. Though used to the balmier temperatures of her native Texas, Kira has been involved in paleoclimate research in the northwestern Canadian Arctic, Svalbard, and the Canadian Rockies.