Author, Editor, Lover of the Global Ocean
Audrey DeLella Benedict is a biologist, writer and passionate advocate for the conservation of the global ocean as well as Arctic and alpine environments throughout the world. She is founder and director of Cloud Ridge Naturalists, a nonprofit natural-history educational organization that is now in its fourth decade. She is co-author of The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest, which was released in Spring of 2015 and can be purchased at independent bookstores in the Pacific Northwest as well as online.
Audrey's training in geology and biology inspired a 45-year love affair with high mountains and the global ocean realm. That love affair has taken her from the Arctic to the Antarctic, as well as up and down the North and South American Cordillera.
She is currently a member of the board of the SeaDoc Society, which is a program of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, and served for nearly a decade as a trustee for the Colorado chapter of The Nature Conservancy, from which she received the prestigious One Conservancy Award in 2003 for her work in Ecuador.
Audrey splits her time between her home at 9,000 feet along the Colorado Front Range and her off-grid cottage on Frost Island in the San Juans.