Liz Bradfield

Naturalist

A self-proclaimed “aspiring generalist,” Elizabeth, who goes by Liz, finds that the continued study of any place, animal, or ecology leads only to more interesting questions and interconnections and more fields to explore. She grew up on the waters of the Pacific Northwest, roaming the Salish Sea, and her interests have led her to work as a deckhand, kayak guide, marine mammal stranding responder, and field assistant for projects on kelp, humpback whales, and gray seals. Since 1999, Liz has worked as a marine educator and naturalist.

The author of three award-winning collections of poetry (Once Removed, Approaching Ice and Interpretive Work) Liz also brings with her an interest in how literature and art can enliven science and enrich our connections to places. Her second book, Approaching Ice, investigates Arctic and Antarctic explorers and the historic and contemporary fascination with the high latitudes. Her poems and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and National Parks Conservation Association Magazine. She co-directs the creative writing program at Brandeis University and lives on Cape Cod.

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