1. To make a positive impact for conservation through photography and storytelling.
2. To provide training and tools for other photographers seeking to do the same.
I’ve always had a profound interest in wildlife and the natural world. As a writer, my continuous goal is to tell stories that engage readers, opening them up to new perspectives or inspiring them to act. I aspire to the same impact as a wildlife conservation photographer: to create images that trigger an emotional connection with viewers, and which spur us all to be stewards of nature.
Through my images, I hope to spark wonder, respect and appreciation for animals, whether they are species found on the other side of the planet, or are living with us in our own backyards and homes.
My photography has been published in National Geographic Books, Sierra Magazine, Bay Nature Magazine, Wild Planet Photo Magazine, National Wildlife Magazine, Heyday Books, Mother Nature Network and Discovery Communications websites among other outlets.
One of my images was turned into a stamp by the United Nations Postal Administration to celebrate the International Day of Happiness. Wild Planet Photo Magazine listed me as “Top 10 Female Nature Photographers to Watch”.
I am a recipient of a National Geographic Expeditions Council grant for my work on urban coyotes.
My environmental, wildlife and companion animal writing has been published in a wide variety of print and online publications, including Huffington Post, Sierra Club’s Green Life Blog, and a cover feature in BBC Wildlife Magazine.
I am also the author of the award-winning book The Ethiopian Wolf: Hope at the Edge of Extinction, which features the photography of Will Burrard-Lucas and Rebecca Jackrel and highlights the incredible work of The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme in saving this unique and critically endangered species from extinction.
My passion for canids, for conservation work, and for storytelling is rolled into my ongoing project The Urban Coyote Initiative, a collaborative effort to document the urban and suburban coyotes, to better understand the role of this important predator in a healthy ecosystem and promote peaceful coexistence with this clever, adaptable and beautiful species.
I’m currently based on the Oregon coast, where I lead tours to some of our most photogenic and wildlife-rich locations, teach workshops, offer project management consultation to photographers, and seek out the next story to tell about our natural world.
Volunteer Work and Affilations
- Volunteer with the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA)
- Affiliate with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).
- Member of HeARTs Speak
- Workshop leader with Girls Who Click