Photographer. Musician. Environmentalist. Humanist. Dog Petter. Climate Change Activist. Ice Cream Eater. Mountain Lover. My, the world is a complex, beautiful and strange place. Adventure, animals, and art have taught me to how to see the world through diverse lenses, how to listen, and how to make small steps daily to try and make this world a better place. I believe in defining myself not by credentials or by what work I do, but by what I am passionate about, and I am in the process of making those passions a part of my everyday life. I am passionate about Climate Change, the environment, and empowering human livelihoods. I am passionate about photography and storytelling. These passions have taken me to many diverse corners of the world, with many more to come.
I grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Fort Collins, CO, and after years of rambling around the world, have found my way back. My passion for the environment started as a young kid backpacking, hunting, fishing, and camping in Colorado and Alaska with my family. It was only until I experienced the incredibly rich, colorful, and diverse landscapes and cultures outside of my own country that I began to understand how complex and beautifully interconnected the world actually is. Connecting with the planet from behind the lens in Nepal, New Zealand, Borneo, Peru, Vietnam and India (to name a few) changed forever how I looked at my place in the world. These experiences forever solidified an understanding about how interconnected environmental sustainability and human livelihoods actually are. It also solidified an understanding about how dependent the health of a community is on the health of their environment, especially with communities that are intimately connected to their land and its living beings. So join me on my journey!
I hold a Master's of Science (MSc) in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (2016) and a Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Biology with a minor in jazz piano performance (2010) from Colorado State University. Currently working as a photographer, multimedia specialist and research associate with Bubar and Hall Consulting, I work at the interstice of environmental conservation and human well-being in story-telling, research, and planning with tribal and non-tribal communities.