Environmental Studies, B.S. from UC - Santa Barbara
Worked as a cold water SCUBA Instructor in Monterey, CA
8 countries, 43 states, a plethora of national parks
What types of outdoor experiences inspired you into an interest in nature and nature based education?
I grew up with my parents taking my brother and I on questionably safe outdoor excursions, and those experiences really stuck with me. I hope to inspire the same feelings in other people...but safely...
Have you ever had a “close call” in nature whether with an animal or with the environment?
I was on a kayak trip in Florida, got out of the boat and behind a bush to relieve myself...looked up mid-pee to realize I was making eye contact with a 6 or 7-foot gator that was about as far away. I guess they weren’t hungry that day.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
Watching students go from doubting that they are capable of doing something, to becoming extremely proficient at it.
Do you believe that what we do is contributing to saving our environment or our species and if so how?
If you don’t love being outdoors and being in the environment, you won’t fight to save it. The more people we can get outside, the more people will realize it’s worth fighting for.
Describe your relationship with nature and how it has changed over your life.
My parents tell me that when I was a kid, I would go out of my way to walk into and splash in mud puddles. I am the same person, but now I also want to save those mud puddles.
What environment have you spent the most time in or which do you enjoy the most?
I grew up spending a lot of time in the ocean, and have spent a good portion of my life finding ways to stay in and near it.
Which environment would you like to spend more time in?
In the past several years I have become an avid rock climber, and have been spending a lot of time in deserts and other large boulder-filled areas looking for inspiring climbs. Please share your favorite chimney and offwidth problems with me.