I am a botanist, artist, environmental activist, and ecological educator. My work and research reflect my lifelong interest in the connections between humans, earth processes, and plant diversity. I am also a second-generation ceramicist, and my infatuation with geology and earth’s surface processes heavily influence my work. Through the use of naturally occurring pigments and wild clays, I replicate the feeling and mystery of the places I hold dear and the geological curiosities of earth. As a student of botany, I am passionate about botanical conservation and fascinated by plant diversity, especially when viewed through the lens of soil morphologies. I hope to honor the ways humans have interacted with and understood plants over the millennia, and address the ways contemporary humans cause environmental harm through disconnect. I aim to tread lightly over the lands where I am a guest. Through environmental art, my aim is to spread messages about plant diversity and the impacts of our changing climate. My current practice is in the creation of ceramic vessels deeply rooted to place through wild clays and glazes and the exploration of still and digital media to process and bear witness to environmental change. Through this exploration, I aim to connect people to the awe and wonder of natural places while providing vessels for solace, grief, connection, and care during an era of environmental collapse.
Botany, although colonial in nature and rooted in problematic beginnings, is an important tool for navigating the human existence and impact within the natural world. Traditional botanical and ecological knowledge can both be integrated back into contemporary society and honored for the ways it is already interwoven, grounding and stabilizing us. Keeping both traditional and scientific knowledge accessible, intersectional, and digestible is imperative for our mental and environmental health in this era of rapid, critical environmental change. Because indigenous communities and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by climate change and biodiversity loss, it is important that those of us not in these marginalized communities and with concurrent access to science and the ability to communicate scientific issues speak up.
My work transports the rocky ridges and deep canyons, the melting glaciers, the wild and scenic rivers. I blend simple, place-based teas and formulas to assist the ephemeral journey, rooted in the belief in the radical importance of self-care and ecological belonging. I believe in underscoring what anthropogenic destruction leaves vulnerable and the diversity that is at stake. Behind all this, I am always studying, broadening and deepening my ecological understanding, and working towards greater direct conservation actions and public engagement. We move through the landscape as it moves through us. Connecting with plants and nature is critical in reconstructing resilience. Without understanding the complexities that our burning, melting, shifting, collapsing, growing world holds, how can we know what we stand to lose?
I hold great value in the teaching and continual studying of ecology, botany, and wilderness-based self-care as a form of environmental conservation. This practice of resilience is rooted in the love of the natural world. The connection with nature and mental health are reciprocal of one another and is in desperate need of accessibility and intersectionality. My work as a field biologist and botanist has taken me throughout the Mojave Desert, Alaska, Northern Idaho, the Oregon Cascades, and Wyoming, and I have taught desert plant ID in the Joshua Tree area. I'm trained as a Wilderness First Responder, and have studied herbal medicine in various contexts. I constantly question the academic educational complex, but I’ve been privileged to use it as a tool to dig deeper. I hold dual Bachelor degrees in Ceramic Sculpture and Natural Resources, focused in applied ecology. I would not be where I am today without my start at the College of the Desert in the desert ecology program. I am a current M.S. student in botany at the California Botanic Garden.