“No doubt about it—Molly gave us the most informative as well as entrancing presentation we’ve had in the last few years.” -Lawrence Millman, Vice-Chairman of the New England Chapter of the Explorers Club
Neighbor to bison, grizzlies, wolverines, wolves, and bighorn sheep, Molly makes her home in the heart of Eastern Shoshone and Bannock land, in one of the largest, most intact swaths of temperate land remaining on Earth – the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
When not working, Molly spends her downtime time in the out-of-doors, elbows deep in whatever might be the latest craft project, or reading with and to her hound dogs.
Writing About The Wild Writing About What Matters
Molly’s pieces have also appeared in several books and anthologies, including co-authoring with Andy Tyson, Climbing: Self Rescue published by The Mountaineers Books and over 20,000 copies sold.
Formerly a Contributing Editor for Climbing and She Sends magazines, Molly also worked as a Regional Editor for the American Alpine Club’s Accidents in North American Climbing. She has received numerous writing opportunities such as Middlebury College’s Environmental Journalism Fellowship, the Journalism and Women Symposium Fellowship, Writer-In-Residence at Grand Teton National Park’s Murie Center, the Banff Centre’s renowned Mountain and Wilderness Writing Workshop, and most recently workshops with Columbia’s Narrative Medicine Program. Mentors of note include: J.B. MacKinnon, Bill McKibben, Rebecca Solnit, Alan Wiesman, and Brad Wetzler.
Education and Experience
Academic–Out of the Wild
After studying political science and journalism at the Colorado College, Molly recently returned to school to pursue a Masters of Environmental Management at Yale University’s School of the Environment and a Certificate in College Teaching Preparation from Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.
While at Yale, Molly’s work focused on the Human—Nature divide including topics such as sense of place, human-wildlife coexistence, conservation leadership, and the integration of meta-cognition into pedagogy. Mentors of note include: Dr. Susan G. Clark, Dr. Justin Farrell, Gen. Stanley McChrystal (Ret.), Dr. Amy Veder, and Dr. Bill Weber.
Currently, Molly is a Research Associate with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, a Fellow with Yale Law School’s Law, Ethics and Animal Program, and an Associate with the Farrell Lab’s Yale North American West Initiative.
Outdoors–n the Wild
As a teen, Molly began working outdoors gathering nearly two decades of experience a mountain guide, outdoor educator, and climbing ranger throughout the Western United States, Antarctica, and South America. She also received several prestigious climbing and skiing grants for expeditions, many of which included first ascents and descents, in places like Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Alaska, China, Nepal, and Myanmar for the first ascent of Southeast Asia’s disputed highest peak, Gamlang Razi (19,258 feet).
Most recently, Molly worked for many years as a Jenny Lake Climbing Ranger in Grand Teton National Park, as part of tightly knit team known for specializing in demanding Search and Rescue operations.
Molly has held various medical certifications, and is known for her experience in wilderness travel, backcountry skills, and outdoor leadership.
In previous lives, she worked with as an assistant and Certified Nursing Assistant for patients with Down Syndrome, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy, and as an Adaptive Ski Instructor.