My passion lies in going into the field, studying the character of a landscape and the people and challenges therein and returning to my desk to contemplate and communicate what that place and who those people are to an audience far greater than myself. I can work independently on global journalistic assignments, but I also spend a lot of time creating within teams. I have a knack for envisioning final outcomes and identifying the best team to manifest substantial products, which in recent years has led to the completion of projects like Legacy of the Land, a 294-page coffee table book detailing a 500-million-year ranch history and including the contributions of 150+ museums, private collections, artists, essayists and others.
My skill set expands far beyond writing and includes managing, producing and constantly adapting to changing conditions. Prior to becoming an independent creative, I managed projects, people and properties and implemented landscape-scale strategies in highly collaborative contexts. I’ve researched some of the rarest carnivores in North America, including grizzlies and wolverines. I’ve coordinated major public education campaigns, managed a sustainable cattle ranch and a fly fishing lodge and planned events large and small. That past management experience, combined with my creativity, has allowed me to take on media projects that require serious team effort, ranging from scripting and producing outdoor and travel films to creating award-winning branded content.
While my home base is in Bozeman, Montana, my work has carried me from Scotland to the Seychelles. The intimately local and the universally global are constantly at play in my work. I completed my graduate work in Namibia and am fluent in Spanish.
My essay "Medicine Wings" was listed as "Notable" in the 2017 edition of Best American Essays. My branded content for Armstrong Marketing Solutions has garnered several Addy Awards. And, my work with Off the Grid Studios has won categories at The Drake Fly Fishing Film Awards.
I graduated with a B.A. from Washington and Lee University and hold a master’s from the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Currently, I sit on the board of the Henry’s Fork Foundation, the organization which brought me West in 2003 as a trout research intern. As the granddaughter of a three-war veteran and as the daughter of a former military psychiatrist, I’m an active supporter of Veterans for Peace. My husband and I love our Montana home, where we enjoy upland bird hunting with our English lab and American Brittany, gardening, fly fishing and taking road trips.