Heather is a spirited marine science educator, ecologist, adventurer, and professional photographer. She has a background in wildlife ecology with a keen interest in behavioral sciences. After working with various mammals in North America as a terrestrial wildlife field technician, she moved to the Pacific Northwest where she worked in the Salish Sea as a whale watching captain and marine educator for four years. During this time, she shifted her focus from terrestrial wildlife to killer whales and other marine mammals. She specialized in killer whale identification, behavior, and biology. In 2017, Heather logged her first season in Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park working as a vessel captain and marine science educator. She is excited to start her first chapter inspiring those in search of epic adventures and education through Austin Adventures.
Though her adventures have taken her far and wide, she was raised in small-town Vermont and is still every bit of a small-town girl. Heather has had a passion for equine studies and training from an early age. When she’s not traveling or spending time with her favorite killer whales, you can find her off an old dirt road at a quiet barn spending time with her horse and dogs. Though we live in a world where wild spaces are becoming increasingly rare to explore, Heather envisions a bright future for us all; one full of life, color, and the endless possibilities of becoming lost, and finding oneself, in and amongst nature.