About

Me in a nutshell.

My path as a writer and scientist passionate about water started with my first career, guiding 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 boating seasons, I trained as a fluvial geologist (focused on river deposits), then worked as both a researcher and science writer/editor. Today I team with other writers and scientists on articles, books, and watershed projects.

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

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

My work has been in Aeon, Brevity, Hakai, Hunger Mountain, More, Orion, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Shenandoah, Sierra, and many other publications. Always, I’m 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.

Now I’m finishing a second novel, water-driven prose set in Alberta, and giving occasional workshops in both geology and writing. Every opportunity to teach or speak with others provides a welcome chance for me to learn more as well.

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