Leslie is a professor in the Environmental Science and Policy Department at SOU. She got her BA from Stanford University, with a major in Cultural and Social Anthropology and a minor in Psychology. She has a Master’s degree in Env Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara. Leslie has worked an assortment of jobs that relate to environmental science. She worked in Outdoor Education as an Outward Bound Wilderness Instructor and Watch Officer. She taught on traditional tall ships, crewing, and for semesters at sea. She sailed from Maine to Venezuela in a schooner for over one year. It was epic! As Leslie started working more on boats, she got interested in supporting science and got a job on an NOAA Oceanographic Research Vessel in Alaska. After grad school, Leslie got more involved with policy and worked on Capitol Hill in the US Senate for a year, then went to work for the National Marine Sanctuary Program, both in Santa Barbara and then San Francisco.
When connecting Leslie’s work and life to sustainability, Leslie aims to make little changes every day, such as riding her bike around Ashland, sourcing her produce and meat from local CSAs (The Farm at SOU of course!), and even leaving textbooks behind and moving to OERs (online e-readers). Leslie aspires to do the best she can and support students in their aspirations to being more sustainable. Leslie fills many roles when engaging with sustainability at SOU. She is on the Sustainability Council at SOU. She also serves on the Mt. Ashland Environment and Sustainability Committee and is the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commissioner. All of these positions help her connect to SOU and with the community to ensure sustainability is addressed on several levels.
Leslie’s favorite part about working with SOU is the students! She loves teaching ES 408: EcoAdventure series, which combines academic studies with field trip adventures all around the Rogue Valley and beyond. Students have camped in the Redwoods, whitewater paddled the Rogue and Smith Rivers, climbed volcanoes in Lassen National Park, snowshoed on Mt. Shasta, and spent summers in Costa Rica and Mexico. Leslie is an outstanding professor and wonderful active citizen. SOU is grateful to have her!