Jackie Gerson

Jackie Gerson is a PhD student in Ecology at Duke University and the director of Girls on outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science (GALS). This two-week program brings high school students from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM backpacking in Pisgah National Forest while teaching them hands-on, place-based science. When Jackie isn’t studying stream contaminants or leading backpacking trips, she can be found traveling, reading a good book, baking, or playing the harp.

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Girls on outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science (GALS) offers new STEM opportunities

Destoni came into GALS wanting to turn her life around. She admitted in her application that she was not the...