Dr Mikucki is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a member of the Science Advisory Board to the United States Ice Drilling Program Office and chair of its Subglacial Access Working Group. She received her PhD. in Antarctic Microbial Ecology from Montana State University in 2005 and has remained interested in the structure and function of microbial ecosystems below ice ever since. Jill has participated in numerous Antarctic field projects including the sampling of subglacial Lake Whillans and Blood Falls. She is particularly motivated by multidisciplinary collaborations for the clean access exploration of subglacial environments.