Melissa Galicia is currently pursuing her PhD at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Her research focuses on the foraging ecology of polar bears across Nunavut, Canada. Melissa uses samples collected by local community members to investigate polar bear diet and seasonal changes in body condition in association with their sea ice habitat. During her time in graduate school, Melissa has traveled throughout the Arctic from Churchill, Manitoba to the northernmost permanently inhabited place in the world, Alert, Nunavut, conducting fieldwork and meeting with community members. Melissa has experienced first-hand the vastness and beauty of the Arctic and is dedicated to sharing her passion for the Arctic ecosystem with others to ensure its future.