Sue grew up on the coast of Massachusetts but did not find her way to shipboard life until she moved to the mountains in the west. She developed her love of the outdoors and nature as a child while exploring the lakes and forests in New Hampshire during summer vacations. Catching salamanders, rowing boats, walking the lakeshore and picking blueberries were favorite activities. Her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Management quickly helped develop her love of travel and adventure. Her early field biology work took her to Maine to radio track bald eagles, Newfoundland to live trap and snow track pine marten, and Washington to survey for spotted owls in the middle of the night in the summer, and in winter to counting bald eagles from a raft. After that, wanting to share her knowledge and love of nature with others, she began working in environmental education programs.
Sue has been teaching children and adults in outdoor settings since 1986. She began as an instructor at Yosemite Institute, and worked with field programs in Maine, Yellowstone, Costa Rica, and Belize. 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. She was also the Wyoming coordinator for Project WET (Water Education for Teachers).
Sue has her master’s degree in Resource Recreation and Tourism from the University of Idaho and a Biology teaching credential from Montana State University- Billings. Sue has been working for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1993 and loves sharing the magic of remote and wild places with others. She began as a naturalist in Southeast Alaska, Antarctica, Svalbard and Baja California. She then moved into the Expedition Leader role and has led trips in Alaska, Baja California, Pacific Northwest, Canadian Maritimes, Greece, Peruvian Amazon and Antarctica. She has been very involved in the development of the shipboard NG Global Explorers program for young travelers in SE Alaska and Baja California as well as citizen science. When not aboard or traveling for fun Sue resides in Bozeman, Montana.
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