I grew up in Sussex County, New Jersey, and hiking on the Appalachian Trail and canoeing on the Delaware River have inspired my love of nature. With bachelor's and master's degrees in environmental studies, my goal is to educate others about the natural world and how humans interact with it and to inspire others to care more about it through communications, teaching, and writing. I am a lifelong learner and love to travel and learn about new places, cultures, and environments. I am currently teaching literature and writing at The Island School, where I combine my passions for literature, writing, place-based and environmental education, and global and cultural understanding.
My main academic interest is the intersection of culture and the environment, particularly through literature and writing. I have always combined my studies of the environment with studies of writing and enjoy nature writing by authors such as Annie Dillard, Wendell Berry, Scott Russell Sanders, and Mary Oliver, among many others.
I completed my master's degree in environmental studies at Green Mountain College, and in my master's thesis, I examined connections to place through the novels of Hermann Hesse. I studied five novels—Peter Camenzind, Narcissus and Goldmund, Siddhartha, Knulp, and Beneath the Wheel—in addition to poems, short stories, and biographical information, and found that Hesse's characters often embark on journeys of self-exploration, only to return to their homes or other places with which they have connected along the way. My life has followed a similar trajectory, and after returning home to northwest New Jersey to complete my graduate coursework, I returned to another place I once connected with: the rainforests of northern Queensland, Australia. My research and travels have made the idea of "home" and connecting to a place a central theme in my life, and I continue to explore such meanings as I move back and forth between places that are new and places that feel like home.