Nancy Freitas grew up in Tucson, Arizona and received her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona (UA). She worked in environmental conservation with Peace Corps Paraguay and then helped run the Bio/Diversity Project, a STEM outreach and education program, at the UA. At ERG Nancy’s research focuses on how carbon cycling in the Arctic is affected by climate change. She is interested in using a combination of field research, lab work, data science, and modeling to develop a larger picture of these processes. Nancy also hopes to make connections between how to ask more inclusive research questions and how to better communicate data in ways that affect people’s understanding of environmental change.
For fun, Nancy competes in club-level ultimate frisbee tournaments and was a head coach for the UA Women’s Ultimate team from 2016-2018. When she’s not chasing a piece of plastic around a field, she finds time to travel widely, drink good coffee, and be outdoors.