Instructors

Chandra Brown

Instructor

Chandra is an Alaska-born writer, Grand Canyon river guide, and educator. She has worked within the realm of river conservation, celebration, and communication since her 2010...

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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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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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Kitty Galloway

Instructor

Kitty Galloway grew up on island in the Salish Sea and spent her younger years exploring the rivers, forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. She...

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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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Shalom Kristanugraha

Teaching Assistant

Shalom originally hails from the volcanic islands of Indonesia. Before finding their way to glacial Montana in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Environmental Philosophy, Shalom...

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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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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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Sarah Thacher

Instructor

Sarah has spent most of her life on the boundary of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates, where trail running, surfing, and gardening go hand...

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Kat Thompson

Teaching Assistant

Ya’at’eeh and greetings! Kat grew up at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, Arizona. When she was growing up, she had minimal interest...

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Mason Voehl

Instructor

Mason Voehl comes from old Minnesota stock. When he met his wife Sarah while studying philosophy at Augustana University, he fell in love twice: once with...

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Kirstin Waldkoenig

Instructor

Kirstin is passionate about diverse landscapes, from desert soil to old growth forests. She originally learned to love the outdoors in the foothills of the Appalachians....

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Mel Wardlow

Outreach Manager

Mel initially joined WRFI as an instructor and now serves as the organization’s Outreach Manager. She grew up on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i with perpetually...

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