Marley is a naturalist, an educator, and an artist. He longs for a reintegration of art with science and words with images, a synthesis that he develops in his journals. Journaling became a fundamental practice for Marley even before he discovered how it could synthesize his interests and  accelerate his learning. As an educator, Marley is constantly sharing, inspiring, and provoking learning in nature and on paper.

My current dream project: To travel to the most biodiverse parts of the planet creating books that hybridize elements of a travel journal, a field guide, and a graphic novel into a compelling whole. These visual-verbal narratives would document my experience of the cultural and environmental beauty and conflict of our times. (2019 update. This dream project is currenlty being turned into a reality!)

Nature Journaling lions in the Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania







(Photo By Elizabeth Gillogly)






(photo by Brock Dolman)

Field Classes:

North Coast Nature Journal Club: (Monthly 2016-Present)

Open Your Eyes With Nature Journaling at Pepperwood Preserve (August 2019)                                              Nature Journaling and Intentional Curiosity  for Kids at Sonoma Country Day School 3rd Grade (August 2019)

Introduction to Nature Journaling: Point Reyes National Seashore Association Field Institute (April 2019)   Tracking Animal Sign and Bird Language at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation (June 2018)
Open Your Eyes With Nature Journaling at Santa Rosa Junior College (Spring 2017)
Plant Illustration Workshop at Lake Merritt: California Center for Natural History (August 2016)
Wildlife Tracking for Families at Lake Merritt: California Center For Natural History(May 2016)

Talks/ Workshops:

West Valley College and California Native Plant Society:”Wildflowers Through the Lens of Nature Journaling: Beyond Botanical Art” (April 2019)                                                                                                       Sebastopol Rotary Club: “Art, Education, and Entrepreneurship: The Evolution of a Personal Brand” (April 2019) Science Buzz Cafe: “Journaling: Still the Most Powerful Learning Technology” (November 2018)
Nature Journaling Techniques module of OAEC Permaculture Design Certificate (Spring 2018)
Taught “Nature Journaling/Observation module of OAEC Permaculture Design Certificate” (Fall 2017)
Graphic Facilitation for Jim Sullivan’s “Animal Tracking and Bird Language” at Santa Rosa Junior College (Spring 2016 Fall 2017)
Lectured on “Traditional Mayan Agriculture, Food Security, and Free Trade” San Diego City College Chicano Studies Department (2008)

Research Projects and Expeditions:

Tanzania Round Two: – Nature Journal Safari: assisted John Muir Laws (July 2019)
– Ethnographic Nature Journaling with Hadzabe Hunter Gatherers (July 2019)

Carrizo Plain, California:  –  Nature Journaling CA native wildflowers and birds, tracking (April 2019)

Tanzania: – Nature Journal Safari: assisted John Muir Laws (July 2017)
– Ethnographic Nature Journaling with Hadzabe Hunter Gatherers (July-August 2017)

Ecuador: -Nature Journaling Biodiversity Project “Intertropical Impressions” (January 2017)

Costa Rica: -Sustainable living research project and watershed diet, research of traditional food-ways, food security, and edible biodiversity (2006-2008)
-Research and promotion of Brosimum alicastrum and other resilient/culturally appropriate food-crops (2006-2008)

Chiapas, Guatemala, Nicaragua: -Independent research  on indigenous food production systems, food auto-sufficiency, and edible biodiversity, including visits to Zapatista agroecology programs near Oventic, Chiapas. (Summer 2005)

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico: -Participant observation and ethnographic research of traditional Mayan agriculture for UCSC Anthropology thesis. (Summer 2005)

Conferences and Events:

45th Annual Wildflower Show: California Native Plant Sociey: Santa Clara Valley Chapter (April 2019)             Monterey Bay Birding Festival: How to Draw Birds Lecture and Field Study (September 2018)
Bioneers Conference: Sketch-noting and OAEC Seed Exchange (October 2018)
Oakland Nature Festival: How to Draw Skulls (October 2016)
Acorn Primitive Skills Gathering: Animal Tracking and Awareness Runs (March 2014-Present)
Buckeye Gathering: Tracking, Awareness, Nature Journaling (April/May 2015-2016)

Organizations I have Collaborated with:

Pepperwood Preserve                                                                                                                                                                   Occidental Arts and Ecology Center
California Center for Natural History                                                                                                                                        Point Reyes National Seashore Association Field Institute                                                                                        Laguna Foundation
University of California Santa Cruz Sustainability Office                                                                                                    California Native Plant Society: Santa Clara Valley Chapter                                                                                           West Valley College, Saratoga California                                                                                                                                Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education
Coyote Camp
Weaving Earth: Center for Relational Education
Golden Nectar Farm
San Diego City College Urban Farm
El Centro Verde, Ecological Center
UC Santa Cruz Education for Sustainable Living Program
UC Santa Cruz Program in Community and Agroecology

Awards and Scholarships:

Marjorie Kerr Schaffer Most Creative Sketchbook Award Santa Rosa Junior College (June 2016)
Riley Street Art Award (June 2016)
Patricia Maggiora Memorial Art Scholarship (June 2016)
Cybertracker Track and Sign Level III, Evaluated By David Moskowitz (April 2015)
Second place at “Signs of Passage” art show at Riskpress gallery in Sebastopol (February 2014)


Tracking and Nature Connection: Regenerative Design Institute 2013.
Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program: Santa Rosa Junior College 2008-2010
BA in cultural anthropology, with honors: University of California at Santa Cruz 2006.
Thesis Topic: Sustainability of Traditional Mayan Agriculture and Agro-biodiversity in the Yucatán



“If you do not rest upon the good foundation of nature, you will labor with little honor and less profit.”

Leonardo da Vinci