Dana studied photography at Parsons School of Design, spending her first few years at school minoring in environmental science before graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
As a freelance photographer, Dana worked with nonprofits that brought her to places like Botswana, Yellowstone, Haiti, the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, and more to tell visual stories of people and animals. In addition to her assignments, she’s spent months camping all over the U.S., tracking and photographing wildlife, to later sell prints and donate most of the proceeds to different conservation projects. Doing so has taught her so much about animal behavior, people's relationship to nature, conservation, and travel. Dana's job as a social media manager has given her the experience to build and manage social media followings using photo, video, and written content to generate engaged communities and get them excited about conservation.
Dana's ultimate travel highlight was getting to spend hours with a sow black bear and her three cubs in Alberta, Canada—two black cubs and one rare white cub—as they ate and played for hours alone in the backcountry. She knew the white cub was something typically only seen on the coast of British Columbia and that she was experiencing something extremely rare. Some of Dana's other nature travel highlights include hiking Machu Picchu, meditating with the brown bears of the Katmai coast, watching wild dogs hunt in Botswana, and swimming in the Cenotes of Mexico.
Dana is an animal nerd through and through. She's super passionate about conservation and the unbelievable resilience of nature. She is fascinated by keystone species, rewilding and how nature can heal the planet. She is also really interested in human-wildlife conflict and how we all can be more educated and thus more prepared to coexist with animals while we live and recreate in their habitats.
Dana lives in her camper van traveling around North America so she can spend 364 days a year recreating outside. You can find her hiking with her dogs, or out photographing in the backcountry!