Steph Walden

Blogger Profile: Steph Walden

Steph Walden is a recent graduate of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Originally from the suburbs of Detroit, Steph went to Alaska to essentially pursue a degree in exploring nature. She came away with a nature photojournalism degree and minors in natural resources management and German. A season of fieldwork with spectacled eiders on Alaska's North Slope in 2009 opened up the world of biological fieldwork. The following summer found Steph heading to St. George Island in the Bering Sea to work with black-legged kittiwakes and thick-billed murres. Living in tents and remote places while exploring new areas became Steph's hobby, and she left Alaska for New Zealand in May 2011. She now spends her time on and off an island in the Hauraki Gulf as she assists in North Island brown kiwi research. In her time off, Steph enjoys volunteering on farms, tramping, meeting kiwi people, and discovering New Zealand cuisine. She's a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and hopes to do a lot of world travel while capturing images of nature's beauty.
Kiwi: Early Nests!

Kiwi: Early Nests!

Steph is studying North Island brown kiwis on a private island in New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf. Read her previous post, Listening for a Kiwi. Sarah and I sure were surprised[…..]

Listening for a Kiwi

Listening for a Kiwi

A season of kiwi conservation work has begun! After graduating from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), I’ve made the journey down to New Zealand to work with postdoctoral researcher[…..]