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I have taught college Environmental Studies courses for over 25 years, at Seattle University and elsewhere. My teaching and research interests include natural history, geology, ecopsychology, environmental justice, ecospirituality, and research methods. I’ve mentored many students in writing and research, and have taught numerous field-based courses that help them learn from nature as they study it where it lives: outdoors. (Click here for my academic résumé.)

I’m now shifting my focus to writing, photography, and sketching/painting. I am a devoted birder and nature photographer, and my images have achieved semifinalist status in the Windland Smith Rice Nature’s Best International Photography Awards and the “Share the View” International Nature Photography Contest (two years), with one photo receiving additional recognition as one of the “Highly Commended” Top 250 winners in the 2016 “Share the View” contest. I also work as a freelance editor for both scientific writing and general nonfiction writing, and can offer field programs for small groups. Please feel free to contact me for further information about writing consultations and field programs.

I live in West Seattle, in an old cabin by a little valley whose lively stream feeds the nearby Salish Sea. My neighbors are owls, woodpeckers, coyotes, hawks, raccoons, ravens, orcas, and other astounding wild spirits.

My main love, though (in addition to my partner, Rob, and our four cats), is simply being outside in the natural world, knowing I’m surrounded by wild nature and wild creatures with feathers, fur, and fins.

With Adelie penguin, Antarctic Peninsula