Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
Emily grew up in Boulder, Colorado and Pullman, Washington. Her love of nature began as a child during family vacations spent exploring the mountains and deserts of the west. In contrast to her outdoor 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’s 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, Hawai’i 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.
Between seasons with the National Park Service, Emily traveled the globe to learn about other cultures and ecosystems, backpack rugged mountain ranges, and avidly pursue photography. In 2008 Emily arrived at a park which would forever change the direction of her life: Glacier Bay National Park in Southeast Alaska. Through five seasons of work as an Alaska ranger naturalist, Emily fell in love with Southeast’s vibrant ecosystem, dynamic landscape and thriving coastal communities. Today Emily works as a freelance photographer, nature writer, and illustrator and has been working as a naturalist and photo instructor for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 2013.