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woman smiles next to a lake with hands on hipsI consider myself an expert generalist with a passion for nature and the environment. My academic background is in interdisciplinary field science. I studied geology as an undergraduate at Princeton University, then switched fields as a master’s student in the University of Vermont‘s Field Naturalist program. In 2012, I earned a Master of Science in plant biology for a project surveying climate change impacts to alpine plants in the high Sierra Nevada mountains of  Sequoia National Park, California.

My love of nonfiction writing awakened while I was a graduate student. Under the mentorship of veteran journalist Hamilton Davis, I sold my first pieces to VTDigger.org, the independent news site for Vermont. Since then, I have published in outlets ranging from the George Wright Society to Living Bird, the quarterly magazine of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Since 2006, I have worked as a park ranger for the National Park Service.  Most of my time has been spent at Old Faithful in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, the place that feels more like home to me than anywhere else I’ve ever lived.  I’ve also spent a significant amount of time working for the Division of Resource Education at Badlands National Park in South Dakota, where I coordinated social media outreach efforts and conducted youth programs. Since July 2014, I’ve managed publications, social media, and the website for Joshua Tree National Park in California.

Follow me on Twitter: @CathyMBell

Opinions expressed on this website and on social media are mine alone.

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