I’ve lived with the Wasatch mountains as my backdrop and muse for most of my life. I attended Westminster College where I studied Arts Administration, Visual Art, and French. During my studies, I became more interested in what was happening outside of institutions rather than within, and my capstone research explored how interdisciplinary art is uniquely situated to offer risky and imaginative solutions to environmental problems. Upon graduating, I moved to France in the towns of Lille and Annecy respectively, where I spent two years working as an assistante de langue through the CIEP and eating as many baguettes as was considered acceptable. I traded les Alpes back for the Rockies, however, and spent the past year working at Red Butte Gardencrystallizing my passion for plants, environmental education, and outreach. My many research interests include environmental literacy, place-based environmental education, environmental non-fiction, and land ethic.
My passion for environmental advocacy was ignited in kindergarten, when I co-founded “The Bug Club” and rescued injured insects from the playground with my best friend, Alexander. After studying environmental science at the University of North Carolina–Asheville and teaching ecology in Maine, Colorado, and California, I arrived in Arizona where I developed a deep commitment to the Southwest and discovered my passion for grassroots organizing. I began to organize regionally and nationally with youth-led climate justice groups, including Uplift and the Power Shift Network, and spent four years coordinating the Rising Leaders Program at the Grand Canyon Trust, where I facilitated political education and community organizing workshops for young environmental justice activists. I hope to spend my life working with young people, and have come to the environmental humanities program to deepen my understanding of place-based education and community mobilization.
Growing up in northern Colorado, I was raised on weekend camping trips to the Rocky Mountains. I received my undergraduate degree in communication studies with minors in Spanish and international development from Colorado State University in 2019. As an undergrad I collected a myriad of experiences such as walking across Spain on the Camino de Santiago and harvesting grapes on an organic vineyard in northern Italy. After graduation, I decided to hike 491 miles on the Colorado Trail. It was during this backcountry pilgrimage that I realized I wanted to pursue a career in the field of outdoor recreation. I am excited to be in this program and hope to expand my rhetorical background into the realm of equitable and sustainable recreation, looking specifically at minority representation in outdoor spaces and the cultural and ecological impacts of long-distance thru-hiking on trail corridors. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, yoga, and pub trivia.
I grew up in Santa Cruz, California, but was slowly drawn to Utah since childhood. Among the things that prompted me to move to Salt Lake for college was a history of family river trips through Desolation Canyon and scrambling in southern Utah's redrock country. I graduated from the U in 2019 with a degree in Communication Studies, completing an Honors thesis that utilized qualitative interviews to explore the intersections between gender, health, and outdoor recreation. I'm excited to build on this work, and through my time in EH I hope to explore the bonds between identity and landscape, expand the range of stories we encounter from wild spaces, and experiment with storytelling forms.
I'm from Richmond, Virginia but have lived all over--New Orleans, Boston, D.C., Puebla (Mexico), and other places. I have a B.A. in English Writing from the University of PIttsburgh. For more than a decade, my career unfolded in the classroom, mostly as an elementary school teacher. I took a few breaks to work for the Student Conservation Association, to travel, and to write. I love teaching, but the classroom can often feel like a place of containment. My mind wandered outside, and I wanted to follow it. I've loved trees since I was a child, but in 2018, I started to plant and inventory trees with Casey Trees in Washington, D.C. The more I pay attention to trees and their details, the more smitten I am with this woody-stemmed organism. I make new tree friends everyday. In addition to writing about trees, I also write picture books. As an EH student, I am interested in learning more about our relationships with plants and land and the many perspectives involved. My goal is to produce children's literature about trees, including a middle grade novel. As an educator, I also want to develop lessons and curriculum that blend literacy, local ecology, and environmental education with a focus on adopting plant perspectives.
I’m originally from Portland, Oregon and hold a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Geography from the University of Oregon. My thesis attempted to construct an Indigenous perspective on the 2016 takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge using decolonizing methodologies and contemporary media sources. Before coming to Utah, I spent two years an environmental educator with the Multnomah ESD Outdoor School teaching fourth-sixth graders from all over the Portland Metro area along the banks of the Sandy River and on Mount Hood. My current research interests are in the relationship between public lands in the American West and Indigenous peoples. Specifically, I’m interested in how creating climbing spaces interfaces/conflicts with Indigenous notions of many of those same spaces as sacred. As one of the inaugural Mellon Community Fellows, I look forward to utilizing this opportunity to collaborate with community partners and align my work to produce convivial relationships beyond the University of Utah.
I was born in Columbus, Ohio, raised in a rural county a bit north, and Columbus became my home when I found community in leftist circles. At the U, I am a Mellon Community Engagement Fellow and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow for Kichwa (Quechua) and Latin American studies. In Utah, I am a core member with the Mobile Moon Co-Op, a queer, femme community collective based on herbalism, healing, and empowerment. I also collaborate with the Salt Lake Community Bail Fund and Decarcerate Utah, two parts to a collective of abolition organizers. I organize police surveillance and reporting in addition to personal and community security commons back in Columbus. I'm interested in militant ecologies, People's movements, permaculture, and food sovereignty.
Born and bred in the Midwest, I went northeastward for my undergraduate, receiving a degree in Hispanic Studies and Anthropology from Columbia University. Upon completing my undergraduate degree, I went abroad where I taught English in Phang Nga, Thailand and studied Yoga in Rishikesh, India. After returning to the States, I headed westward, making my way to New Mexico. For the past couple of years, I worked at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden doing a combination of education development and outreach and food crop gardening. As my interests are varied, ranging from ethnography and material culture, to regenerative agriculture and food ethics, to grieving processes and alternative affect, I am excited to have this opportunity to explore a diversity of topics from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Originally from the Seattle area, I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at Brigham Young University. Instead of pursuing opportunities to work on scientific projects however, I often found myself choosing to write about the natural world. I am interested in using writing to find ways to connect urban audiences with the natural world and ecosystems that we are a part of. I plan to participate in the international discourse of environmental humanities through studying Korean environmental literature and culture. When I'm not studying or working, I enjoy experimental cooking, tap dancing, hiking, watching international films, and spending time with my rough collie.
Born and raised in Hawaiʻi I have always experienced a deep connection with the land. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. After working with nonprofit preschools in addition to frequent conservation and leadership work, I specifically developed a passion for Environmental Education. I currently work as the Natural History Museum of Utah Environmental Humanities Fellow and am excited to broaden my knowledge of the natural world around us. I plan to utilize my background in education and the tools I gain in the University of Utah’s Environmental Humanities program to broaden the conservation movement to younger generations.
I studied at Utah State University (Go, Aggies!) and graduated with a degree in International Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Studies. I am a brother of Psi Sigma Phi, one of the first multicultural organizations on my campus, and after that semester I then studied and worked in Aotearoa, New Zealand with the Ministry of Primary Industries on the Bonimea Ostreae parasite outbreak. From there I returned to Utah State to complete my first graduate program in GIS (Geographic Information Systems). While I quickly found that to be a passion of mine, I felt as though it was incomplete. So I looked at the EH program to help round out my skills and supplement my GIS background. I loooove Korean BBQ, Musubi, and winding down with a good Netflix binge of Stranger Things.
I have followed a circuitous, mostly enjoyable path to both this program and my interests. I grew up in Hamilton, Montana, where I learned to manage an apple orchard on my family’s land while listening to recitations of Joyce loudly proclaimed by my father. I went to college in Missoula, Montana, where I studied English Literature and Irish Studies, with an emphasis on representations of trauma in Northern Irish Troubles Literature. Post-university, I craved a return to the soil, and my desire for a tactile intimacy with land led to fighting wildland fire for three years, culminating in my experience on a hotshot crew. Aiming for a medium through which I could impact positive environmental change, I worked as an environmental educator in Rocky Mountain and Denali National Parks for three additional years. My research interests include perceptions of fire in the Rocky Mountain west, fire ecology, public land management, and environmental non-fiction. I am very grateful for the opportunity to pursue my research interests in such an inclusive, interdisciplinary program!
I received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon in 2018. While there, I published a research paper about the role of religion in snow leopard conservation and completed a thesis on international indigenous land rights and public lands. Before starting in the EH program, I worked on the Oregon Coast as a forest ranger with the U.S. Forest Service, taught English in southwestern France, was a summer naturalist in the Rockies with the Walking Mountains Science Center, and worked as a bartender in my hometown of Washington, D.C. I enjoy hiking and running (especially in the hills and mountains of Utah!) and baking desserts to share with friends.
I graduated from Hampshire College in 2015 with a focus in Creative Writing and Cultural Anthropology. While there, I was able to take a class on the social impact of catastrophic events, and it was there that I first became interested in how marginalization and the catastrophic intersect. That interest stuck with me in the years following my graduation and was ultimately what brought me to the University of Utah to study Environmental Humanities. My intention in the program is to combine my love of narrative nonfiction with my research in disaster studies in order to bring what I believe are very important conversations happening within the academy to a general audience.
I grew up just north of Albany, NY and graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a dual B.S. in Environmental Sustainability and Geography in 2017. Since then my path has been forged by an ever-growing passion for conservation work and a bit of spontaneity! After concluding a season as an Environmental Educator, I moved to Hawai’i to work as a Grant Writer for a small (yet mighty!) environmental nonprofit. Much of my efforts were focused on sustainable agriculture and farm-to-school initiatives in Native Hawaiian communities. As my contract came to an end, I felt a rekindled love for technical writing but an aching void of science. This led me to my most recent position as a Vegetation Monitoring Intern for the National Park Service in Moab, where I collected data for a climate change and grasslands restoration study throughout Arches and Canyonlands. I hope to blend my interests of field research, nonprofit work, and environmental education during my time in the EH Program. I am thrilled to be surrounded by such brilliant, kind and passionate individuals!
I breathed my first air in Houston, TX, nearly died in Oklahoma, grew, grew, grew in Colorado, and have been trampin’ my way across all the borders of nations and states ever since. With a bit of fuzzy math, a safe estimation says my adult body holds more nights sleeping outdoors than indoors, most of which I soaked in the stars of the American West. My university days took me through Colorado, Spain, Ohio, and Minnesota. I’ve since hustled a living here and there: distributing resources and skills to homeless humans, guiding at-risk youth in the wild, listening to psych patients pick guitar, howling for owls, and more recently counting dead birds for dollars. I’d say the San Rafael Swell is as much my home of 10 years as Salt Lake City and I’m excited to be in a program of passionate, brilliant, minds thinking up thoughts on how to clean up, take care of, and welcome others into our home that some call wild.