Sue started her naturalist career working as a wildlife biologist in the forests of Maine, Newfoundland and the Washington Cascades. Employing her B.Sc. in wildlife management from the University of Maine, she has counted bald eagles from a raft in the middle of winter, live-trapped pine marten and studied spotted owls. After that, wanting to share her knowledge and love of natural areas with others, she moved into the realm of education.
Sue has been teaching children and adults in outdoor settings since 1986. She has been an instructor at Yosemite Institute, and worked with field programs in Maine, Yellowstone, Costa Rica, Belize, and most recently Grand Teton National Park. From 1999 through 2004, Sue was a faculty member at Teton Science School in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In this role she trained graduate students how to teach hands-on science to children in the outdoors. Another one of her passions is educating people about the importance of protecting water quality. She was the Wyoming coordinator for Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), and continues to train teachers how to use the water education curriculum.
Sue has been working for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1993. When not aboard, Sue resides in Bozeman, Montana and has a freelance business working on science education curriculum projects. She has her M.S. in resource recreation and tourism from the University of Idaho.