Ryan Ernstes
Master's Student

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan Ernstes earned her B.S. in Biology at Furman University in 2014. After college, she moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where she fell in love with the mountains and outdoor recreation. Her experiences as a ski instructor, ultrarunner, and photographer helped to shape her beliefs in the power of outdoor storytelling. 

After five years working in the international travel industry, Ryan is now pursuing a Masters of Journalism degree with an emphasis on feature writing and documentary film. She hopes to use the lens of outdoor recreation to incite change in areas such as the climate crisis and social inequality.