Laura Hartema is the author of Bering Sea Strong: Because Sometimes a Woman Has to Board a Fishing Boat to Find Herself (Skyhorse, Spring 2018). Hartema was born and raised in Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri. The challenging work and adventures depicted in Bering Sea Strong led to Hartema’s present career as an ecologist with a focus on stream and wetland restoration. Her passion for her work and love for nature spills into her community, where she leads volunteers in stream enhancement efforts. She encourages others to seek inspiration, beauty and humor in her blog, Love This Day (www.LauraHartema.com). Hartema resides in the Seattle area and spends much of her time
outdoors embracing Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic mountains.