I have always been a writer, and am particularly interested in science communication, women in science, equity and diversity in the academy, the environment and nature writing.
My writing centres around creative non-fiction and personal essay formats, specifically science and nature writing and memoir. The landscapes and environmental issues of western Canada are the main inspiration for my work. I am also inspired by the work of Sharon Butala, Candace Savage, Annie Dillard, Rick Bass, Ellen Meloy, Gretel Ehrlich, Terry Tempest Williams, Don Gayton, and many others.
I’ve freelanced for Nature News, Hakai Magazine, CH2M Hill, the University of Alberta, Outpost Magazine, Literary Hub, Longreads, Hippocampus, the LA Review of Books, and others over the past two decades.
My training includes writing workshops with Daphne Marlatt, Candas Jane Dorsey, Ken McGoogan, Ed Struzik, Trevor Herriott, Angie Abdou, Lori A. May, Andreas Schroder, Betsy Warland, and others, and editing courses through the University of Alberta and the Editors’ Association of Canada.
Academically, my background is in cold regions hydroecology. As a university professor, I studied snow and ice hydrology and ecosystem interactions in alpine and forested mountain regions across Western and Arctic Canada. I also taught courses in environmental science, hydrology and resource management. See my Google Scholar profile.
“Write every day. Don’t ever stop. If you are unpublished, enjoy the act of writing—and if you are published, keep enjoying the act of writing. Don’t become self-satisfied, don’t stop moving ahead, growing, making it new. The stakes are high. Why else would we write?”
― Rick Bass