All season, we’ve been bringing you stories from people who experienced some kind of change in their lives and were all the better for it. From reconnecting with family to making major career shifts, our participants have shown us it’s possible to start again.

For the last story of the season, we’ll hear from two women who adapt like it’s their job. Because it is, in a way. Doctors Zoe Courville and Lora Koenig study the impact of climate change. They first met in the middle of an ice sheet in Greenland over a decade ago.

Photo: Dr. Zoe Courville and Dr. Lora Koenig at their StoryCorps interview in New Orleans, Louisiana in December 2017.

As field researchers, they’re often away for weeks at a time, drilling ice cores and using ground-penetrating radar in the most remote parts of the world. As parents, this means they’re often away from their children.

Photo: Dr. Zoe Courville taking snow density measurements in the field. Courtesy of Robin Davies.

Through the years, they’ve helped each other navigate the challenges of balancing their work and personal lives. They came to StoryCorps to talk about what they’ve learned from each other. Zoe also shares some hard-earned wisdom with parents who may be struggling during the pandemic.

This interview was recorded in partnership with the American Geophysical Union, the world’s largest organization of Earth and space scientists.

Top photo: Artwork by Rosalyn Yoon.

Released on October 5th, 2021.