Born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Erika is a direct descendant of an ancient clan of Norwegian Vikings. A fearlessness of the wild, propensity towards exploration, and resilience to freezing temperatures are all traits that encourage her adventurous nature. Her guiding experience started on the white waters of Colorado as a white water guide and on the mountains of Big Sky, Montana as a Ski Instructor. Blending her love of guiding with her photography education, Erika has led numerous photography workshops through US National Parks including Yosemite, Yellowstone, The Grand Canyon and Acadia National Park. During her life in the city, Erika taught for the New York Institute of Photography as well as Chicago Photo Safaris. As a student, Erika was chosen to receive the Babcock Scholarship, granted to those with the promise of most success in his/her field and graduated with a B.A. of Film and Photography from Montana State University, Bozeman. Since 2011 Erika has been leading international and domestic photography trips with National Geographic Expeditions and Times Journeys.
Erika currently lives between the US and Bogotá, Colombia working as an outreach coordinator and summer trip leader & programmer for National Geographic Student Expeditions and Putney Student Travel. In Colombia she continues to work as a photographer and visual story teller, and is a contributing writer/photographer for 'The City Paper,' Bogotá's English Newspaper and National Geographic's Intelligent Travel Blog. She leads travel abroad for National Geographic Expeditions to Morocco, Cuba, France & Spain, and continues to guide photography expeditions each summer around the world for National Geographic Student Expeditions.