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, and sanity have taken me to all seven continents, often by bike or ski.
My debut book, Lands of Lost Borders, is forthcoming from Knopf Canada. My words and/or photos have featured in The Walrus, Canadian Geographic Travel, Orion, Sidetracked, The Georgia Review, and Arc Poetry Magazine, among other publications. Two essays of mine were listed 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 at Chapel Hill, thanks to the Morehead-Cain scholarship. After that I earned master's degrees in the history of science at Oxford, supported by the Rhodes scholarship, and in geobiology at MIT, where I mostly specialized in mountain biking.
As a kid I wanted to emigrate to Mars, figuring this planet was too mapped and tamed. Having seen a bit more of the Earth now, I'm so in love with it—also heartbroken by it—that I never want to leave. I now live off-grid in a one-room log cabin on the frontiers of Alaska, British Columbia and the Yukon, with regular sojourns in Toronto for my partner's job and hot showers. When I'm not away on expeditions or at the cabin writing about them, I work for IISD's roving reporting team covering UN negotiations and associated meetings on sustainable development and the environment (as if the two are separable).
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. Last but not least, I'm a proud member of The Adventure Syndicate, the wildest bunch of women on bikes out there.