Instructors

Eva Christ

Instructor

Eva’s chief ambitions are to save the planet and to fix all social injustices, but in the meantime she teaches and guides on the Colorado Plateau....

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Natalie grew up in Michigan and found her way west on a trail crew in Rocky Mountain National Park. After that first summer, she was hooked...

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Stephanie Fisher

Teaching Assistant

Stephanie grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of rural Western North Carolina where she spent much of her time exploring the French Broad River and surrounding...

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Erika Foster

Instructor

Erika researches ecology and soil biogeochemistry as a PhD candidate at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Her current project focuses on improving soil fertility and sustaining agroecosystems...

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Matt Frank

Instructor

Matt Frank first arrived in Montana a dozen years ago by bicycle, and upon moving here he became an environmental journalist. Now, in instructing WRFI’s Cycle the...

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Margot Higgins

Instructor

Margot has been teaching college students in and out of the field since 2005. Born and raised in the urban wilds of New York City, she...

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Ben Johnson

Instructor

Ben Johnson grew up exploring Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, and has spent the last dozen years living in various other parts of the mountain West, including Colorado, Utah,...

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Nick Littman

Instructor

Nick grew up in the oak-spotted hills of northern California. Before settling in Montana he worked as a field biologist around the Northwest. In 2014, he graduated...

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Joe Loviska

Instructor

A passionate reader of both landscape and literature, Joe has been a writer, farmer, mechanic, bicycle fabricator, pedicab driver, guide, gardener, and teacher. After earning a...

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Ryan Marsh

Instructor

For his Ph.D. research in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley, Ryan’s focus was in Madagascar and some of the socio-political issues surrounding biodiversity conservation...

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I grew up in the deep, green forests of the Pacific Northwest, but I truly didn’t find myself and my passions until I came to school...

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James grew up exploring the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau, where he became fascinated at an early age with the stories landscapes could tell....

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Peter Metcalf

Instructor

Peter is a conservation social scientist currently completing his Ph.D. at the University of Montana. His research interests center around the human dimensions and natural resource...

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Nancy Moore

Instructor

Nancy earned her Master’s of Environmental Studies degree at the University of Montana in 2012, where she focused on Environmental Writing and taught undergraduate courses exploring...

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Dave Morris

Instructor

Dave graduated from Evergreen State College with a degree in Environmental Studies, and then earned his M.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana. Dave...

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Katie Nelson

Field Education Coordinator

Katie joined WRFI as a field instructor and has since become WRFI’s Field Education Coordinator. Her job is to support WRFI’s effort to offer one of...

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Kelsey Patterson

Instructor

Kelsey began with WRFI as a student on the Colorado Plateau back in 2007, only wishing she had discovered it sooner. Growing up in the high...

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Daisy Purdy

Instructor

As a southwestern transplant hailing from the east coast, Daisy has served as an Ethnic Studies, Sociology, and Native American Studies educator at Northern Arizona University...

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Eric Siegel

Instructor

Eric fell for Montana (especially Missoula) while bicycling cross country from Providence RI to Seattle, raising money for affordable housing with the organization Bike & Build....

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Craig Stafford

Instructor

Craig works as an adjunct professor and researcher at the University of Montana. His current teaching responsibilities include Freshwater Ecology and Montana Wildlife. Craig’s research focus is freshwater biology,...

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John Stanfield

Instructor

John moved to Montana to attend the University of Montana’s MA program in Environmental Ethics after earning his BA in Philosophy from Penn State. At UM,...

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Nick Triolo

Instructor

Nick Triolo is a writer, filmmaker, and long-distance mountain runner. He holds a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana (2016). In addition to...

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Mel Wardlow

Instructor

Mel Wardlow grew up in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on the small island of Kaua’i. While she began life as a tropical water child, she...

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Ben Warzon

Teaching Assistant

Ben grew up outside of Spokane, Washington skiing and backpacking with his family. He moved to Bozeman, MT in 2013 to attend Montana State University. He...

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Rachel Woods-Robinson got hooked on bicycle-touring and the beautiful Rocky Mountain West in 2015 when she co-founded Cycle for Science, bicycled across the U.S., and stopped...

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