I write about science, the environment, outdoor recreation, all manner of adventure, and the gear it takes to get out and find the stories. My work appears in print and online magazines, outdoor adventure guides, environmental white papers and daily newspapers. Website and social media content creation comes with the gig these days and are a fun outlets for pithy storytelling, casting the line to deliver the hook.
First and foremost the story must be right. Truth-telling and making important, and often complicated, information both accessible and compelling are my passions. Laughing and making people laugh is up there are the to-do list as well.
Multimedia journalism is an emerging infatuation. I capture audio and video content, produce short videos and snap photos regularly. I’ve done a few radio interviews through the years and really enjoy public speaking – in person and on film or radio. A throwback to childhood drama classes.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Land Use Policy from the University of Virginia and worked for seven years as a restoration ecologist and coordinator, promoting riverside habitat restoration and large-scale watershed conservation in the western U.S.
Here and there, I work as an adventure guide – leading whitewater rafting, canoeing, caving, dog sledding, horseback ridding, and ropes course adventures. I also facilitate team building and leadership activities through ropes courses and management simulation excercises. I hold current Wilderness First Responder, ASA 104 Bareboating Cruising and Level I Avalanche certifications.
My childhood years tumbled through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I spent my late adolescence on the Western Slope of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. I now live in California, where I write, bike, surf, and sail.