Monica was raised in Minnesota. Her love of the outdoors first began as a young girl, catching frogs in the streams around her house canoeing around the boundary waters and exploring State and National parks with her family. As she grew up, Monica became dedicated to conservation. She believes most strongly in the importance of wild places for their intrinsic ecological importance, but also for the way that they can heal and rejuvenate the psyche.
Monica’s greatest joys in life come from adventure. She lived in Chiangmai, Thailand, attending Yuparaj Witayalai for a fifth year of high school. She studied biology and Spanish at Kalamazoo College and Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. After graduating, she worked as a Biological Field Technician in Yosemite studying the effects of tree spatial patterns on forest fire resiliency, in Puerto Rico doing a tree census, and in the Yukon studying the evolution of the American Red Squirrel. Although she hopes to return to biology at some point, Monica is excited to explore wilderness therapy in what she finds to be a fulfilling and meaningful new adventure.
When Monica is not in the field, she can be found hiking, running, climbing, cross-country skiing or at the library.