I hold a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley and a Masters of Science in Earth Sciences from Montana State University, where I studied with the Mountain Research Center. I have long been fascinated with mountain environments and have spent a good part of my life living in and studying them.
I have been a wilderness/environmental educator and worked on a variety of environmental projects (involving botany, biology, geomorphology, wetlands, and streams) for over 18 years. When not teaching for Sierra Institute, my other work livelihood entails protecting and restoring habitat, especially wetland and stream habitat, in Central Oregon on the east side of the Cascades where I live.
I have held other teaching positions at the University of Oregon, Montana State University, Yosemite Institute, and the National Outdoor Leadership School.
I am fascinated by the interrelationships between the biological and physical worlds, and how people of the earth mingle with, use and protect their environment. One of my greatest passions is discovering the natural world with others and exploring ways to integrate the wisdom gained from these experiences into the rest of our lives.
I have taught the Rainforest Field Studies Program for Sierra Institute since 2000.