Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
Emily grew up in Niwot, Colorado and Pullman, Washington. Her love of nature began as a child during family vacations spent hiking, camping and exploring the mountains and deserts of the west. In contrast to her outdoors interests, Emily pursued an intensive young career as a classical violinist, culminating in degrees in history and music performance at the University of Washington.
Seeking a breath of fresh air from concert halls and stuffy classrooms, she returned to the roots of her childhood through an internship as a park ranger at Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado. A summer job became a life's passion, and since 2005 Emily has worked at ten national parks across the west. As a naturalist, she shared her love of wild places with visitors at the Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Hawaii Volcanoes, Organ Pipe Cactus and Haleakala. She has also worked in the backcountry as an EMT and wilderness ranger patrolling Big Bend, Zion and Yosemite by canoe, foot and ski.
In 2008, Emily arrived at Glacier Bay National Park in southeast Alaska. During five seasons working as a ranger naturalist, Emily fell in love with Glacier Bay's vibrant ecosystem, dynamic landscape and the local community of Gustavus. Today she is building a home on the edge of town.
Emily has worked as a naturalist and photo instructor for Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic since 2013. Photography is one of Emily's passions, taking her anyplace there is something wild to photograph. Her images appear in galleries and nature publications, and she loves teaching others about photography. When she's not traveling with Lindblad, Emily writes articles focused on natural history and conservation for publications including Alaska, National Parks, Sierra, and Orion. She also runs a silk painting business, producing scarves and wall pieces for galleries.
$10,290 to $16,440
National Geographic Quest
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