Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education


Photo of Dr. Lynda McGilvary

Lynda McGilvary
Communications Director
Geophysical Institute
University of Alaska Fairbanks
P.O. Box 757320
Fairbanks, AK 99775

Committee term end date: December 31, 2025

Lynda McGilvary is the Communications and Outreach Director for the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has been the PI on a series of federally-funded projects since 2015, and currently leads NSF I-TEST and DRK-12 projects, and a NASA cooperative agreement. All three projects address the needs of Alaska Native students in rural areas. McGilvary was also the PI of the USDoED project: Learning through Cultural Connections: The Northern Lights, which laid the foundation for her current work with the Cultural Connections Process Model. She directed the film: Kiuń°uyat: The Northern Lights for flat-screen and planetarium use. McGilvary's work for the Geophysical Institute allows her to channel current science into rural classrooms to help geoscientists achieve broader impacts for a breadth of their research grants.