About Me












My mother and father gifted me with a love for the landscapes of California and the West. They took me on camping trips to Lassen National Park and the Eastern Sierra. It was there that I first discovered landscape photography. That love of nature inspired me to pursue a degree in environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz. Over the decades, I have also honed my craft as a writer and small press feminist book publisher and devoted myself to a career as an oral historian. I synthesize my photography with my storytelling, writing, and book publishing skills. I believe photography, oral history, and writing can offer redemption, hope, and joy during a time of radical uncertainty.



B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz

            Major: Environmental Studies (Planning and Public Policy)

MA, University of California, Santa Cruz

            Major: History


Professional Oral Historian

Director/Senior Editor, Regional History Project, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1989-present. 

Professional Affiliations:


Editorial Board, Oral History Review, Published by Oxford University Press, 2013-2016.


Nominating Committee Chair, Oral History Association, 2014-2015.


Council Member, Executive Council, Oral History Association, 2009-2012.

Chair, Oral History Association Publications Committee, 2005-2008. 

Selected Professional Presentations:


Presentation: “High Stakes and Narrative Drama: The Making of Seeds of Something Different: An Oral History of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Oral History Association Annual Meeting, October 21, 2020.


Workshop Leader: “Publish It Yourself: Demystifying Publishing Technologies for Oral Historians,” Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 2011.

“From Latin America to Santa Cruz, California: Transnational Relationships in the History of Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Farming,” International Oral History Association conference, Guadalajara, Mexico, September 2008.

“From the California Redwoods to the New Zealand Rain Forests: Documenting Gay and Lesbian Communities,” Paper on Out in the Redwoods: GLBT History at UC Santa Cruz. Oral History Association Conference, 2003.

“Assimilation, the Holocaust, and the Second Generation: Oral History and Memoir” as part of the 1999 OHA conference panel, “International Oral History and the Perspectives and the Holocaust” Oral History Association conference, 1999.

Selected Photography-related Publications and Awards


Top 250 photos in North American Nature Photography Association Showcase, 2020.

"Divergent Paths" photo featured in San Francisco Chronicle Datebook article by Sam Whiting about Ansel Adams and photographers of UC Santa Cruz, June 8, 2020.

Winner of UCSC Chancellor's Photography Contest for Holiday Card 2019.

Second place. Lucie Awards International Photography Awards. Handmade book category (non-pro) 2018.

Top 250 photos in North American Nature Photography Association Showcase, 2018.

"Ross Geese, Merced National Wildlife Refuge," photo Featured in the New York Times California Today, May 11, 2017.

First Place Winner for “Poets of the Sky.” Sandhill Cane Festival Art Show, Lodi, California. November 2016.

First Place Winner for “Elephant Seal and Pup,” “Waves and Wildlife.”  Save Our Shores. At Sanctuary Exploration Center, Santa Cruz, CA. September 2016.

Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland Photo Contest. Second Place in Landscape Category for “Sandhill Cranes at Sunset: Merced National Wildlife Refuge.”

Contributing Photographer to “Intra-actions” Interview of Karen Barad by Adam Kleinman. "Published in Special dOCUMENTA (13) Issue of Mousse Magazine (Milan, Italy), Summer 2012."

Selected Photography Exhibits

Two photos exhibited in “Peripheral Vision,” Santa Cruz Art League, November 2019-January 2020.

Solo Show “Santa Cruz Images.” Simpkins Swim Center. April-May 2017.

Solo Show “Sierra Nevada Refuge”. Santa Cruz County Government Center. May – August 2017.

Exhibitor. Yosemite Renaissance 32 Art Show. Yosemite Valley. February – April 2017. “Moonlight, Lembert Dome.”

Exhibitor. “Dynamic Landscapes,” Black Box Gallery. Portland, Oregon. January 2017. “Autumn, Round Valley, High Sierra.”

Exhibitor. Open Studios, Santa Cruz County. October 2016.

Artist Exhibitor,  “Celebrating the Coast.” Coastside Land Trust, Half Moon Bay. CA. “Windy Poppy.” September 2016.

Solo Show. County Government Emeline Street Facility. Santa Cruz County Arts Council. May-July 2016.

Exhibitor, “Seventh Annual Environmental Photography Exhibition.” In conjunction with the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Golden, Colorado. February 18-May 1, 2016. “Poets of the Sky.”

Artist Exhibitor, Climate Change: The Moral Dimension, Peace United Church. February 5-6, 2016.

Exhibitor. Open Studios, Santa Cruz County. October 2015.

A National Exhibit. “Through a Curious Lens.” Juror. Sean Duggan, Educator, School of Visual Arts, New York. “Moonlight, Big Sur.” Santa Cruz Art League, July 10-August 9, 2015.


Co-curator and Exhibitor, “Rhythms of Place: Photographic Explorations of the UCSC Campus.” Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, UC Santa Cruz.  April 8-May 9, 2015.


Artist Exhibitor. “In Praise of Earth: The Poetry of Nature, Jubilation, and the Soul,” to Benefit the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. May 2015.


Solo Show. “Starlight and Bristlecones: California Landscape Photography.” First Friday Santa Cruz (Azhar Hair Design). March and April 2014.


Solo Show, “Lunchtime Walks." Lionel Cantu Queer Center, UC Santa Cruz, Winter 2013.


Solo Show. Santa Cruz Yoga Center, Winter 2013.


A National Exhibit, “Black and White.” Juror: George Rivera, Executive Director, Triton Museum of Art. “Dark Aloe.” Santa Cruz Art League. July 2013.

Solo Show. First Friday, Santa Cruz. Azhar Hair Design (Fall 2012).

Photo by Elizabeth Van Dyke

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