Neva Knott is the Founder and Managing Editor of The Ecotone Exchange. She’s a teacher and environmental journalist. She holds a BA from The Evergreen State College in Social Change, Writing and Photography; a MS in Environmental Written Communication from Green Mountain College; and a MFA in Creative Non-fiction from the University of New Orleans. Her environmental interests are sustainable forestry, community forestry, ethnobotany, food security, climate change, wetlands, wolves, and human waste reduction. Her aim as an environmental writer is to connect the way humans live to a sustainable natural environment. Neva lives in Portland, Oregon.







Jenna Gersie holds a Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Writing and Communications from Green Mountain College and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Skidmore College.  After spending time backpacking in Southeast Asia, training raptors, and living in the rainforests of Australia, she now resides in Vermont and works as a Program Associate for SIT Study Abroad.  She also contributes to Dirt magazine ( and Harmony Blog (  Learn more about Jenna at her website,

Christine Harris works as an interpretive park ranger at Cape Cod National Seashore where she enjoys canoeing, birding, and educating visitors about the value of coastal resources.  She has a BA and a MS in Environmental Studies and has a particular interest in ornithology.  In her spare time she hikes, looks for birds, and plays the trombone in the town band.






Maymie Higgins holds an MS in Environmental Studies, Conservation Biology from Green Mountain College. Her graduate thesis examined the efforts of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums in conserving native U.S. animal species and subspecies.  Her adventures have included zoo keeper internships in two zoos and one safari park, and an aquarist internship at the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. Maymie also holds degrees in nursing and economics. Maymie’s own blog, The Whisker Chronicles,  focuses on wildlife and stewardship. Maymie lives in North Carolina.


Shauna Potocky is a writer, poet, educator and manager whose career is focused on public lands. She has a strong background and deep passion for science, education, youth engagement, public lands management and stewardship. She works for Yosemite National Park and collaborates closely with both the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Parque Nacional Torres del Paine in Patagonia, Chile. Shauna received the National Park Service Pacific West Region Freeman Tilden Award for Interpretation and Education in 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a MS in Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College. Shauna lives in Yosemite National Park, California.


Richard Telford teaches literature and composition at Woodstock Academy in Connecticut.  He has a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire, an MS in English Education from the University of Bridgeport, and an MS in Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College.  He helped design and found the Edwin Way Teale Artists in Residence at Trail Wood program with the Connecticut Audubon Society, which he directs.  He was recently awarded a Rose and Sigmund Strochlitz Travel Grant by the University of Connecticut to support his ongoing research on naturalist writer and photographer Edwin Way Teale.  He has actively written for publication since 1989.  He lives with his wife and three children in their 1770 farmhouse in northeastern Connecticut.

Bios for guest writers appear at the end of the article.