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Michelle Gilders

Cochrane, Alberta, Canada


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I have been writing professionally since the early 1990s and have written several non-fiction books and contributed to several anthologies on environmental subjects. My main interests are environmental subjects and the human impact on the environment.

I am the author of Reflections of a Whale-Watcher (Indiana University Press, 1995), Crossing Alaska (Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, 1997), Water: Worlds Between Heaven and Earth (with world-renowned wildlife photographer Art Wolfe, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1999), The Nature of Great Apes (Greystone, 2000), Primal Forces (Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, 2000), and The Living Wild (Wildlands Press, 2000) with Art Wolfe, and Africa (Wildlands Press, 2001), also with Art Wolfe.

I was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire in southern England in 1966. I grew up in Hitchin (about 50 km north of London) and attended the Hitchin Girls' School before going to Oxford University (1985-1988) where I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Pure and Applied Biology from New College. In 1990, I moved from England to Alaska to follow my passion for wilderness and whales. I worked as an environmental scientist for BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., based in Anchorage, for six years.

In 1996, I journeyed a little farther south, and spent two years in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Today, I live close to Banff National Park, west of the City of Calgary.

I split my time between writing, traveling, and consulting through LGL Limited, an environmental consulting firm with offices in such places as Sidney, B.C., King City, Ontario, and Anchorage, Alaska.

Interests: Natural history, science, wildlife photography, travel, nature, environment,

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Reflections of a Whale-Watcher
  • The Nature of Great Apes
  • Crossing Alaska
  • The Living Wild
  • Water: Worlds Between Heaven and Earth
  • Africa
  • Primal Forces