I'm a writer with a grudge against borders and a knack for getting lost. Named one of Canada's top ten adventurers and greatest modern-day explorers, my journeys edging the limits of nations, science, endurance, and sanity have taken me to all seven continents, often by ski or bike.
My travel memoir about cycling the Silk Road, LANDS of LOST BORDERS, will be published in 2018 by Knopf (Canada), Dey Street/HarperCollins (USA), and Editions Arthaud (France). My words and/or photos have featured in The Walrus, Canadian Geographic Travel, Orion, Sidetracked, The Georgia Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, and beyond. Two of my essays were 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 astonishing generosity of the Morehead-Cain scholarship. After that I earned master's degrees in the history of science at Oxford, on the equally generous 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 regular sojourns in Toronto for family time and 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 proud member of The Adventure Syndicate, the wildest bunch of women on bikes out there.