Lee grew up as a "Nature Girl" in the rural outskirts of New York City, where she developed and expressed her keen sense of biophilia. She expanded her passion for the outdoors when she ventured to the western side of the country and she currently owns a home in Boise, Idaho.
Lee graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1980 with a degree in Environmental Conservation. She tends to migrate north in the summer and south in the winter with Lindblad-National Geographic (and the whales and birds), with a stopover in Idaho to visit her house, mow the lawn and feed the cat (she doesn't really have a cat). She is fortunate to have the variety of mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, deserts, and ocean in which to work and play.
Although experienced in private consulting as well as Federal and State Government work, Lee has been a professional tour leader and naturalist in the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Mexico, South America, Alaska, the Arctic, and the Pacific Northwest since 1988. As a generalist, Lee discusses many topics and has particular interest in botany, marine mammals, ornithology, and geology. She likes to elucidate the interconnectedness of all things, great and small. A world traveler, Lee enjoys photographing the places she visits and sharing special areas and their natural history with other curious travelers. With an unquenched thirst for new experiences and knowledge about the natural world, she can often be spotted attached to her binocular in some fascinating place on the planet.