I grew up in Sussex County, New Jersey, and hiking on the Appalachian Trail and canoeing on the Delaware River have inspired my love of nature. With bachelor's and master's degrees in environmental studies, my goal is to educate others about the natural world and how humans interact with it and to inspire others to care more about it through teaching and writing. I am a lifelong learner and love to travel and learn about new places, cultures, and environments. In my teaching, writing, and editing work, I aim to combine my passions for literature, environment, place-based and experiential education, and global and cultural understanding.
In my master's thesis, I examined connections to place through the novels of Hermann Hesse; I found that Hesse's characters often embark on journeys of self-exploration, only to return to their homes or other places with which they have connected along the way. My research and travels have made the idea of "home" and connecting to a place a central theme in my life, and I continue to explore such meanings as I move back and forth between places that are new and places that feel like home.
Influenced by these ideas of home, sense of place, bioregional theory, and a very special log house that I grew up in, my current research focuses on the log cabin in literature and environmental thought. In addition to working on this project for my PhD in Literature at University of Colorado Boulder, I teach environmental literature and I am at work on certificates in digital humanities and college teaching. I am also at work on a novel about grief, Australian raptors, and the rainforest.