I have more than 2 decades of experience in graphic design, storytelling, photography, and research methods related to health, housing, media, and conservation. I’m always looking for new and interesting projects to dig into. As a seasoned non-profit leader, I understand tight budgets and can work with you to help develop scope and timelines to help make your next project a success. 

While I have a broad base of experience in non-profit, government, and small business, I have particular expertise in ecology and conservation. I blend academic training in conservation, hands on experience in ecological research, and knowledge of diverse research practices with creative design and communications skills to deliver a unique approach to ecological data gathering, analysis, reporting, and visualization.

SKILLS

Particular areas of expertise include: logos, infographics, event imagery, brand development, communications planning, report design and layout, illustrations, nature photography, documentary photography, biological surveys and data collection design, and long-form storytelling.

TOOLS

CMS: Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla
Audio/Visual: Final Cut Pro, GIMP, Blendr, Inkscape, VLC, Audacity
Adobe: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro
Ecology: iNaturalist, ArcGIS Collector, GLEDN, e-Bird
GIS: QGIC, ArcGIS
Camera: Panasonic Lumix

Journalism

From 2006 to 2013, I worked as a professional journalist working as either a staff reporter or freelance contributor for a variety of Minnesota and national publications including:  Eleventh Avenue South, Minnesota Independent, American Independent News Network, KFAI, The Column, The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, City Pages, and Vita.mn. View some of that work here.

In 2015, I participated in the The UpTake Institute’s Fall 2015 Conflict-Sensitive Video Journalism Fellowship.

If you're seeking someone for a creative, investigative, or technical writing project, I have the experience to make that project a success. 

AWARDS

  • Best News Writing by National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (First Place, 2016)
  • Best News Writing by National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (Third Place, 2015)
  • Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (First, 2010)
  • In 2008, I was selected by DIVA MN as one of “ten twenty to thirty-something activists making positive impacts in the community.”
  • Best Opinion Writing by Dan Savage’s Sex-Positive Journalism awards (2nd place, 2008)
  • Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association (Finalist, 2007)

Ecology

I have 20 years of experience in ecology. At the University of Minnesota, I participated in the Chequamegon Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study with a specialization in sap flow measurements and leaf area index studies. I spent three years on the project doing research at the University of Minnesota Forest Research Center (now the Cloquet Forestry Center), and the Sylvania Wilderness in the  Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Currently, I am involved in pollinator survey projects for several state and local entities.

Contact me

I'd love to help with your next communications project. From long term interim work to quick collateral development, I can help make your project a success. I offer competitive rates and special nonprofit discounts.