Lisa grew up in Michigan, spending summers on and around the Great Lakes. Influenced by immersion in woods and water, she completed a degree in biology at the University of Michigan in 2001. Since then she has lived, worked, and traveled on all seven continents, finding a special connection with Antarctica. In 2013, Lisa began working on board ships, first as a guide on a dive boat in the Dominican Republic, then later as a captain in Alaska and California. She has also spent considerable time working on expedition teams, from Iceland to Madagascar and throughout both polar regions. Thousands of days at sea have nourished a passion for the marine environment and a love for sharing it with others. In addition to lecturing and serving as a naturalist, Lisa is a professional photographer and instructor and has led photographic workshops to destinations around the world. When not working, Lisa can often be found in the backcountry, exploring wild places from her California home.