During her childhood in Seattle, Washington, Emily developed a deep love for the natural world while camping in the temperate rain forest, horseback riding through wildflower meadows in the Cascades, and building fairy houses in her backyard. After writing an essay on green sea turtles in 5th grade and coming face to face with one in Hawaii later that year, Emily discovered the wonder of travel and has since explored 18 countries.
At 16, she traveled to Ecuador and the Galapagos for a wildlife conservation and photography student expedition with National Geographic. Eager to continue studying animals and world cultures, she spent a gap semester focused on wildlife photography and lion conservation in South Africa and Zimbabwe. She then traveled through five countries in Southeast Asia, exploring the wonders of Angkor Wat and thousands of golden stupas in Myanmar while staying with local Hill Tribe people and in floating villages.
Emily graduated from Colorado College with a degree in anthropology. She spent a month with the Colville Confederated Tribes in Eastern Washington pursuing research for her thesis on traditional foodways and indigenous environmental education. She took courses in Italy and India where she wrote about culture, cuisine and mythology, studied primate behavior at the Lemur Conservation Foundation, and completed a wildlife rehabilitation internship in Costa Rica. While a student, she traveled with her family to France, England and Japan. Following graduation in 2017, Emily spent a summer as an environmental educator at the Denver Zoo before landing her dream job as a Marketing Coordinator at Natural Habitat Adventures, the perfect workplace in which to combine her passions for animals, writing and travel. She has traveled with Nat Hab to the subarctic in search of polar bears and recently to Tanzania, where she met the Maasai, explored the Ngorongoro Crater and encountered leopards, cheetah kills and Great Migration river crossings in the vast Serengeti. When she’s not writing or exploring the world, you can find Emily immersed in a fantasy book, performing in musicals and horseback riding.
Read Emily’s posts from around the world:
- Conservation Inspiration from Our Planet: 7 Ways You Can Help
- The ‘Our Planet’ Species You Can See with Nat Hab & WWF
- Our Planet Book Review | A Call to Action to Save Our Wild Places
- 19 Nat Hab Travel Destinations Named Top Trips of 2019
- 5 Matriarchs in the Animal Kingdom You Can See with Nat Hab
- Nat Geo’s Cover Story & the Ethics of Wildlife Tourism
- The Elephant Protector: Celebrating Daphne Sheldrick
- From Research to Ranomafana: Lemur Conservation in Madagascar
- Nat Hab & Malagasy NGO Aid the Aye-aye
- Fifteen Fascinating Facts About Lemurs
- The Four Sisters: China’s Mythic Creatures & Wild Landscapes
- Wildlife Abounds in Chitwan National Park
- Snow Leopards and Sacred Mountains: Buddhist Monks Lead the Way in Conservation
- Test Your Tiger IQ!
- Fernandina Giant Tortoise Found After 113 Years of ‘Extinction’
- Great News for the Galapagos: Land Iguana Brought Back from Extinction on Santiago
- Incredible Wildlife Sightings in Brazil’s Pantanal
- White Bears from the Air
- A Train Comes To Churchill: Prime Minister Rings in New Beginning
- What Do Polar Bears Eat?
- East of the Sun, West of the Moon: The Folklore of Arctic Animals
- Do Polar Bears Have White Fur?
- Dawn of the North: Of Auroras and Moons in Churchill
- A Surge in Solar Activity Predicts Stellar Northern Lights for the Next 5 to 6 Years
- Tribute to a Dene Elder: Churchill’s Caroline
- What is the Best Month to See Grizzlies in Katmai?
- Discover Yellowstone’s Secrets on Safari America
- The Monarch Mural Restored
- Inspiring Iceland: Five Facts About the Land of Ice & Fire
- Glynis and the Kittens: Wildcat Photos from Scotland
And check out her travel quizzes:
- African Wildlife
- Madagascar Wildlife
- Uganda & Rwanda’s Primates
- India Wildlife & History
- China Wildlife & History
- Bhutan & Nepal
- Bornean Orangutans
- New Zealand
- Galapagos Wildlife
- Monarch Butterfly Migration
- Amazon Rain Forest
- Alaskan Wilderness
- America’s Southwest Canyonlands
- Northern Lights
- Beluga Whales