Education

Perpetual Student.
Often, people stamp me with that label. I can only agree. But it has been three years since I completed a Post Graduate Diploma through Scotland’s Centre of Mountain Studies, when I made a vow never to start another degree program. That doesn’t  change the fact that I am a Perpetual Student. Learning never stops, whether through formal education or an afternoon walk in the woods where there is always something new to understand.
That is what I enjoy most about teaching. It keeps me learning, both from the class participants and from the ideas we share.

My academic background is interdisciplinary. This has allowed me to explore the natural world and the Nature:Culture relationship from a variety of perspectives. Below is the formal education I have waded through.

University of the Highlands and Islands, Centre for Mountain Studies
Perth, Scotland, 2012-2014 

Courses Completed:
* Environmental and Social issues in Mountain Areas
* People and Nature
* Biodiversity Management
* Sustainable Development

* Policy Analysis
* Professional Development through Placement

History Department, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) Environmental History 2006 –2009
Major Field: Environmental History
Minor Fields: Cultural Geography, History of the American West
Studies included research on the history and development of collaborative resource management in the American West and rural community development in the Highlands of Scotland.

Environmental Studies Department, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
M.S. Environmental Writing 2005 – 2006
Thesis: “In the Light Beyond Dreaming: Crossing Boundaries in Yellowstone’s Borderlands”
Courses completed in environmental literature, environmental writing, journalism, and environmental justice, with independent studies in environmental history. The thesis synthesized the environmental history, ecology, and geology of the Gallatin Canyon, Montana, USA, incorporating memoir and personal experience.

Range Science Dept. Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO
Ph.D. Landscape Ecology 1987 – 1992
Dissertation: “Landscape Analysis of South Turkana, Kenya.”
Courses completed in ecology, geology, statistics. Field studies took place in Kenya, as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers, including anthropologists, cultural researchers, and range scientists. Results demonstrated the significance of desert mountains in the resilience and sustainability of the nomadic tribe. Published in a peer reviewed journal.

Botany Department, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
M.S. Plant Ecology 1984 – 1987
Thesis: “Snow Avalanches and Vegetation Patterns in Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park.” Courses taken in ecology, geology, and statistics. Research conducted in Grand Teton National Park. Results published in a peer reviewed journal.

Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA 
B.A. Biology with Honors, Minor in Geology 1980 – 1984
Summa Cum Laude