Jacquelyn Gill '05, assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at University of Maine's Climate Change Institute, is featured in <em>VICE Motherboard's</em> Humans of the Year series.Jacquelyn Gill '05, assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at University of Maine's Climate Change Institute, is featured in VICE Motherboard's Humans of the Year series.

Jacquelyn Gill describes herself as “an Ice Age ecologist in a warming world,” a characterization that reflects her lifelong fascination with change—be it environmental, political, or personal. As both an expert on the Pleistocene era and an advocate for social justice, Gill has made a name for herself as an interdisciplinary dynamo who is outspoken about the need for a more open and inclusive science sector.

“I like it to lump it under the umbrella of ‘science for everyone,’” she told me over the phone from her office at the University of Maine, where she is an assistant professor of climate science. “Science should be publicly funded, transparent, accessible, and done in the public interest.”

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