About

Joanna_Kafarowski-Research GateI am the author of “The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame A Life of Louise Arner Boyd” to be published this November by Dundurn Press. I’ve been researching and writing this book for over ten years because I wanted to get it exactly right. Intrepid explorer Louise Arner Boyd would demand nothing less!

I’m a fervent believer in lifelong learning and have earned the following:

  • PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies
  • Master’s degree in Geography
  • Bachelor’s degree in English
  • Professional Specialization Certificate in Heritage Conservation Planning

IMG_1008Before becoming a full-time writer, I was a university lecturer in natural resource management and geography specializing in gender and Indigenous issues in the Arctic. I’ve consulted for governments and non-profit organizations and edited “Gender, Culture and Northern Fisheries’” published in 2009 by the University of Alberta.  I participated in a Last Degree North Pole Expedition which gave me a unique insight into the inner life of my biographical subject. I am proud to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Geographers, a Member of the Society of Woman Geographers, an Affiliate Member of the American Geographical Society and a Member of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association.

I have a passion for all things northern as well as travel, parks and protected areas, polar history, sacred spaces and landscapes, women’s literature, pilgrimage, gender issues, social and environmental justice, birds, Indigenous rights, heritage conservation, wilderness, industrial archaeology, genealogy, yoga, dancing and chocolate. Reading remains the mainstay of my life.