Christa’s resume includes research in archaeology, geology and paleontology across much of the globe, including searching for dinosaurs in Montana, fighting off dust storms and overly curious camels in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, and steering clear of annoyed marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands.
Her work as a naturalist and guide has taken her throughout the American Southwest as well as to Alaska, Baja California and Ecuador. She has taught introductory geology and paleontology at Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College in Flagstaff and Prescott College, in Prescott, Arizona. Her split personality life has her teaching geology, backpacking and running rivers in the Grand Canyon and the southwest in the spring and fall, and escaping to Alaska to run rivers and work as a freelance reporter for a local newspaper in the summers. Winters are spent recovering.
Her articles and photographs have appeared in, among others, Plateau Magazine, Plateau Journal, Sedona Magazine, Sojourns and Earth Magazine. She has published There’s This River … Grand Canyon Boatman Stories, an anthology of short stories and artwork by boatmen on the Colorado River and is the author of Life in Stone, about the fossil history of the Colorado Plateau. She is currently working on a book about the geologic and fossil history of the Southwest during the beginning of the reign of dinosaurs.
Occasionally she makes it home to Flagstaff, where she lives among a large collection of rocks and fossils, all collected on the up and up.
Articles about Christa and her work:
- Paddler Magazine (March 2004)
- Lapidary Journal (May 1997)
- National Geographic Magazine (June 2003)
- Sports Afield Magazine (August 1999)
- Mountain Living Magazine (September, 2005)