My Story


Raised outside the Colorado mountain town of Fraser, lovingly known as the “Icebox of the Nation,” I spent most of my childhood roaming the surrounding forest and perusing the shelves at the local library. After completing my Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees, I ski bummed for a few winters before finding work as a sometimes journalist covering outdoor recreation and environmental issues.

Wanting to explore the historical connections between recreational tourism and the environment I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, to pursue my doctorate in environmental and public history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In the years since, I have managed large administrative histories on topics as varied as Yosemite National Park, the Las Vegas Valley Water District, and fire management within the National Parks. My first book, Colorado Powder Keg: Ski Resorts and the Environmental Movement, published by the University Press of Kansas in 2012, examines the often conflicted  history between ski resorts and our changing environmental attitudes.

Now an Assistant Professor of Environmental History and Sustainability at the University of Northern Iowa, I have begun work on my second book, a history of tourism in Yosemite, and exploring the few tall grass prairies left in Iowa with my trusty yellow lab Bear the Dog.

For more on my work see my Vita.