My love for outdoor recreation has taken me around the globe, from climbing trips to Greenland, Patagonia, and Alaska to bicycle tours in the Swiss Alps and Southeast Asia. I spent time working for the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). My passion for the outdoors led me to earn a PhD in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah, where I learned precisely why outdoor recreation is such an amazing preoccupation—in short, it’s because it leads to self-determined actions and identity formation while developing positive place attachments and inspiring environmentally responsible behaviors. I am grateful to NOLS for providing the assistantship for me to attend the University of Utah, and I co-authored seven publications about the impacts of outdoor education on students' lives over that time period.
I am an Assistant Professor/Lecturer at the University of Utah’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism program and the co-coordinator of the U-EXPLORE program where I pursue research projects in learning transfer and attention restoration. I guide for the School for International Expedition Training, the American Alpine Institute, and Adventure Spirit Rock, Ice, and Alpine Experiences.