I am a historian based in Seattle. My writing focuses on travel - mostly to maritime sites - and the history of marine environments. Currently my research highlights the Salish Sea but my work has taken me many places, including the Pribilof Islands, Kodiak Island, French Polynesia, Hawai‘i, Oregon, California, Florida, Bahamas, Virgin Islands (British and American), Galápagos, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, and throughout Europe and Canada. I am affiliate faculty at the University of Washington-Tacoma, and I serve on the Northwest Regional Council of the National Parks Conservation Association.
Sailing & Maritime History
When I set sail in Mexico with my family in early 2020, we never expected to emerge onshore in a pandemic (Sailing Magazine, June 2020).
My essay "The Anxious Mariner" appears in this anthology, part of the Women on the Water series.
Author of column "A Northwest Sailor Navigates the Past" for 48° North (2023 - ).
"Tahiti Temptation," Sailing Magazine (April 2023).
"Outside City Limits: A West Coast Boating Family Discovers Storied Villages and Easy Camaraderie on New York's Hudson River," Passagemaker Magazine (March 2023). Click here to view.
"What Lies Beneath: Sunken Ships, Lost Treasure, and the Discovery of the SS Pacific," 48° North (March 2023). Click here to view.
"Back to Baja," Sailing Magazine (July 2022).
"Sentimental Journey: A Family Rediscovers its Boating Roots on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta," BoatUS (April/May 2022). Click here to view.
"Preserving Maritime Heritage in the Salish Sea," Cruising World (April 2021).
Author of column "Beacon Background" on lighthouses and maritime history for 48° North (2021-2022).
First Prize, "Special Places" Writing Contest, SisterShip Press - "An Island Called Hope." Appeared in SisterShip Magazine (January/February 2021).
"Five Easy Places: Island Gems of the South Sound," 48° North (July 2020).
"Sailing Into a Pandemic," Sailing Magazine (June 2020).
"Where the Birds Are," Cruising World (March 2020).
“The Anxious Mariner” appeared in the book Facing Fear Head On: True Stories from Women on the Water (e-publication and print): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HFTQ7JM?pf_rd_p=d1f45e03-8b73-4c9a-9beb-4819111bef9a&pf_rd_r=1QSP6XGEK23RAA7DSY5J (2019)
"The Volunteer Experience - Toliva Shoal Race." Pacific Yachting (September/October 2008).
"Mermaids, the Pacific Fisherman, and the 'Romance of Salmon.'" Environmental History 10 (July 2005):532-537.
"Cruising with Friends in the South Sound." 48° North (March 2005).
“Sport Fishing on the Columbia River.” Pacific Northwest Quarterly (Winter 1995‑1996):5‑15.
“Salmon, Science, and Politics: Writing History for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.” The Public Historian (Fall 1995):17‑28.
First prize, Special Places Contest, SisterShip Press, 2021.