You’d never guess this native New Yorker didn't grow up in the outdoors. A former kayak guide, ski instructor, commercial fisherman, kitchen manager, freelance writer, fisheries and migratory bird researcher, naturalist, and farmer (phew!), Allison now funnels her passion for all things wild and wondrous by bringing people into the Alaska wilderness.
Allison has a Master of Science from the University of Alaska where she focused on the biochemical relationships between the ocean and the freshwater environment, and between plants and animals. She also prides herself on knowing a lot about foraging and the local flora and fauna of southeast Alaska. On and off the ship, Allison jumps at the opportunity to share facts of the outdoors to those without a science background.
When she’s not guiding expeditions, Allison spends her time skiing, kayaking, camping, paddle boarding, foraging, playing music, and cooking off the grid in the Chugach Mountains. She wants her guests to know that they shouldn’t be embarrassed if they are nervous, uncomfortable, tired, or experiencing complex emotions in a new environment or outdoor activity. Growing up as a city kid, Allison understands what that is like, and is excited to share in guests’ outdoor adventures.