Emily is a Colorado College graduate with a B.A. in anthropology and a background in wildlife conservation. During her childhood spent in Seattle, Washington, she developed a deep love for the environment while camping in the temperate rainforests, horseback riding through wildflower meadows in the Cascades and building fairy houses in her backyard. After writing a persuasive essay on green sea turtles in the fifth grade and coming face to face with one in Hawaii later that year, she caught the travel bug 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 with her best friend, exploring the wonders of Angkor Wat and thousands of golden stupas in Myanmar while staying with the Hill Tribes and in floating villages.
She majored in anthropology at Colorado College and spent a month with the Colville Confederated Tribes in Eastern Washington for her thesis in traditional foodways and indigenous environmental education. While at school, she took college 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. During this time, she was also fortunate enough to travel with her family to England, France and Japan. After graduation in 2017 and a summer spent working as an environmental educator at the Denver Zoo, she found Nat Hab and never looked back. Combining her passions for animals, writing and travel is a dream come true, and she recently joined a Nat Hab adventure to see polar bears in Canada’s subarctic. When not working as Marketing Coordinator at Natural Habitat Adventures or exploring the world, you can find her immersed in a fantasy book, singing and volunteering at an equine therapy center.
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
- 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
- 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
And check out her travel quizzes:
- African Wildlife
- Madagascar Wildlife
- Uganda & Rwanda’s Primates
- India Wildlife & History
- China Wildlife & History
- Bhutan & Nepal
- Bornean Orangutans
- Galapagos Wildlife
- Monarch Butterfly Migration
- Amazon Rain Forest
- Alaskan Wilderness
- America’s Southwest Canyonlands
- Northern Lights
- Beluga Whales