I'm a writer with a grudge against borders and a knack for getting lost. Named one of Canada's top adventurers and modern-day explorers, my journeys edging the limits of nations, endurance, science, and sanity have taken me to all seven continents.
My debut book, a travel memoir called Lands of Lost Borders, is forthcoming with Knopf Canada. My words and/or photos have featured in The Walrus, Canadian Geographic Travel, Orion, Sidetracked, The Georgia Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. Two of my essays have been cited as "notable" in Best American Essays (2013) and Best American Travel Writing (2015), and I received the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award in 2012.
Born and raised in small-town Ontario, I studied biology, geology, and adventure at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, thanks to the Morehead-Cain scholarship. After that I earned master's degrees in the history of science at Oxford, on the Rhodes scholarship, and in geobiology at MIT, where I mostly specialized in mountain biking. I now live off-grid in a one-room log cabin on the edge of Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon, with occasional sojourns in Toronto for hot showers.
I'm a Fellow of Wings WorldQuest, the Explorers Club, and the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. I serve on the Steering Committee for Rivers Without Borders and the boards for the Juneau Icefield Research Program and the Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers. I'm also a member of The Adventure Syndicate, the wildest bunch of women on bikes out there.