I grew up in Yorba Linda, California the birthplace of Richard Nixon, “Land of Gracious Living.” I was raised in the Mormon Church and served a Religious Service Mission in the Dominican Republic from 2001 to 2003. When I returned, I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and International Development. My fieldwork as in Ixtahuacan, Guatemala, where I studied the relationship between traditional and government-run forestry practices. My Master’s work, joint degrees in both forestry and theology was completed at Yale.
After my Master’s work, I taught Ethics and Religion at Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College during the school year, and worked for the US Forest Service during the summer months as a forester. In 2013, I started a PhD program at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. My dissertation research focuses on the spiritual ecology of monastic landscapes in the American West.
My photography is available for purchase as prints (by request only at this time), and I blog mostly at Patheos.