River Webb (they/them/she/her) is a graduate student in earth and atmospheric sciences at Cornell University, studying geochemistry. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida, their work examines volatile inclusions as geochemical tracers of plumbing systems at both interplate and intraplate settings. Now, their work focuses on volcanic activity in their tribal homelands in Yellowstone National Park, where they were recognized as a National Park Service Tribal Fellow in the summer of 2023. Their work is interdisciplinary and has included groundwater and aquifer pollution, deep sea current modeling and paleoclimate work.
“Their work ties traditional arts to land recovery, tribal sovereignty, and reclamation of of treaty rights. River is a well renowned Two Spirit Powwow Dancer and has made incredible strides in Native Human Rights efforts as well as Cultural preservation within their community and the broader indigenous community.” —Indigenous Justice Coalition
River holds the titles of 2023-24 International Two Spirit Ambassador from the International Two Spirit Council, Traditional Scientist and Indigenous Youth Leader (IJC).