I spent my childhood summers in Aleutian kayaks in the Pacific Northwest. Enveloped in salt and seaweed, I’d paddle among Douglas firs and orca whales.

As my love for travel grew, I fell in love with diverse cultures and different seas. During a 5-month trip to Australia, my eyes opened to the concept of interconnectedness. Seeing the fragility of rainforests and reefs firsthand inspired me to learn more and spread the word on conservation.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, I began teaching families and children about our global impacts on animals and ecosystems at the New England Aquarium. I also worked as a wildlife biologist in Peru and Costa Rica. But I always loved writing most.

In August 2016, I left Boston and moved to a place akin to my childhood Northwest–the cool Central Coast of California. Now, I’m studying science communication at UC Santa Cruz. My pieces have been featured in local newspapers, including the Monterey Herald, Santa Cruz Sentinel and the San Jose Mercury News, and online publications, including Science, Scientific American and Mongabay News. I hope to encourage environmental stewardship (and a little bit of nerdiness) with all I do and write.