2014 SITW Students

Ryan Richey

I’m Ryan Richey, a senior at the University of Idaho studying English with a professional emphasis. I’ve got a finished minor in computer science, and planning to start a minor in communications. I’m from a small town up in the Bitterroot Mountains called Mullan, and have a love for the mountains from my upbringing there. I’ve got three seasons of zip-line guiding under my belt, and love the outdoors. I also have a passion for archery and billiards, and seriously want to experience hang gliding (or even try base jumping!). I’m hoping that the upcoming fall semester will be as awesome as it sounds; spending fall in one of the most isolated locations in the United States will provide for the most immersive learning experience I’ve ever had, and I can’t wait to be underway!


Austin Iba

I am from Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in May 2014. I have a degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Advertising/Public Relations. This past year I was a reporter and photographer for the student newspaper, The Rambler. Two years ago, my summer science courses included a Wilderness Program. We traveled 3500 miles in two weeks, camping through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Texas while we studied the biological diversity and geologic formations of the great American West. When I am outdoors, I like to swim, bike, hike, and take photographs. My favorite indoor pastimes are reading, cooking, and playing the guitar. I am very excited to be joining this incredible, life-changing Semester in the Wild.


Molly Rard

I grew up in Arlington, WA, sailing on Puget Sound with my family. I ended up landlocked at the University of Idaho so I could pursue a major in Natural Resource Conservation, in which I am now a junior. I have always loved the outdoors, especially the ocean, and what really pulled me into environment-oriented studies was my experience sailing across the South Pacific with my family for my two years of middle school. Since then, I have continued to sail, fish, and kayak in southeast Alaska. My favorite, and possibly only, indoor hobby is dancing. I enjoy social partner dancing of all types, especially West Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, and have been performing with the U of I Ballroom Dance Team for three semesters. I am ecstatic for the opportunity of Semester in the Wild because it will allow me to experience the wilderness in a different way than I ever have before. I’m looking forward to exploring an inland (rather than marine or coastal) environment, and living and studying in the middle of it with students of similar interests will be an amazing way to advance my education and understanding of my field.


Courtney Cosdon

I am a junior from Meridian, Idaho, studying Conservation Biology and Wildlife Resources at the University of Idaho. I love being outside and enjoy playing volleyball, hiking, yoga, cooking, and reading. I grew up going packing, fishing, and hiking; I took a break to play volleyball for a school in Washington, now I am very excited to get back into outdoor life and Semester in the Wild seems like the perfect way to do it. I am looking forward to living at Taylor and being immersed somewhere as beautiful as the Frank Church wilderness. It will be a challenging, but very valuable and rewarding experience, where I expect to learn a lot about myself and create lasting bonds with the students and professors who also share a passion for our Earth. I can’t wait for the hands on learning while living right along side it all.


Josh English

I am originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, but I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and moved to Idaho at the start of my junior high years. I currently reside in CDA Idaho, with my wife of eight years. I am now an English major at University of Idaho in Coeur D'Alene.I am into any and all forms of camping, but particularly enjoy backpacking: I can think of nothing more enjoyable than fishing Idaho's pristine high mountain lakes after a long hike. I also love photography and cooking, and am an Eagle Scout. I am absolutely giddy at the prospect of being able to spend such an extended amount of time in the Frank Church, and look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone involved.

P.S. The photo is me at the headwaters of the Salmon River.


Josie Greenwood

I am entering my junior year at the University of Idaho as Environmental Science major. From Spokane, Washington, I feel lucky to have grown up in the Inland Northwest as I have been able to experience nature at some of its finest. This fall will be the first that I will not be playing soccer since I was five years old but I am excited to spend more time enjoying other hobbies, like hiking, biking and skiing, trying new sports and taking on new challenges. I am very interested in our role in the environment especially within food systems so I am currently spending the summer as an intern at an organic orchard in Sandpoint, ID. I’m looking forward to this upcoming semester with hopes that being immersed and studying in a place like the Frank Church will push me into new directions and add to a firm foundation in my field of study with all that I learn.