Shelli obtained her Bachelor of Science in 2001 with a major in Marine Biology. She has worked with several different research groups, primarily studying identification and biology of humpback and gray whales off the North Pacific Coast, as well as many observational studies in South Atlantic/ Pacific and Antarctic waters. Her passion for spending time over the years in Polar Regions makes her more aware of changing environments, ice, glaciers, and distribution of wildlife.
Her other background includes commercial and subsistence fishing, exploring the waters of the North and South via sea kayak. Needless to say being on the ocean is the places she best calls home. When not guiding, Shelli is an accomplished artist. She published an illustrated bird book in 2009 and is shown in several small galleries. Other interests include working on her small cabin in Alaska, backcountry skiing, fly-fishing, and above all sharing these beautiful polar landscapes.