About

Me in a nutshell.

My path as a writer and fluvial geologist started with my first career, rowing rafts on the Colorado in Grand Canyon and other Western rivers.

Author in Grand Canyon, 1983 high water in Inner Gorge. Photograph by Tim Turner.

High water in Inner Gorge. Photograph 1983 by Tim Turner.

Photography by Melinda Kelley.

Author photograph 2013 by Melinda Kelley.

Between river days, I studied water, sediment, and arid landscapes through a science lens. After leaving guiding, I continued to research streams and water, eventually working in environmental consulting. As an independent researcher today, I team with diverse groups of watershed scientists working on groundwater and water-quality projects.

Part of the NPS river unit. Photograph 1984 by Jeannine Koshear.

Part of the NPS river unit. Photograph 1984 by Jeannine Koshear.

Some of my writing stems from observations in the field as a guide and researcher. I’ve published essays and stories in Aeon, Brevity, Hakai, More, Orion, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Shenandoah, Sierra, and many other journals. Always, my work is driven by these questions: How do we perceive water and wild nature? How does our relation to them affect our culture?

Field research in Alberta. Photograph 2015 by Paul Christopulos.

Field research in Alberta for Fulbright Canada. Photograph 2015 by Paul Christopulos.

Today I’m writing a third novel, water-driven prose set in Sonoma Valley. I’m also leading workshops in both geology and writing when I can, enjoying continued experiences in both.

You can read more in my resumé, either online or downloaded below. Thanks for taking a look!

SEE RESUME HERE | DOWNLOAD RESUME HERE

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