My interest in the natural world finds its roots in my grandmother (who was part native American) and her ways with plants. I have vivid memories of people knocking on our door to have my grandmother “pow-wow” away their ills and taking long walks with my grandmother in the woods observing plants and learning about their uses
Before coming to California, I was a lecturer in Environmental Science at Capel Manor College in London, England. Prior to that, I was a consultant on environmental studies for Dixie School District in Marin County and a docent at the Marin Museum of Science concentrating on work with schools. I have also worked with UC Irvine’s Social Ecology department developing a program to educate young people in environmental issues. I am a guide at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a volunteer naturalist at Garland Ranch.