Susan has lived on the coast of Maine for most of her life. She writes about wildlife and wild lands, has worked as a wild bird rehabilitator, and spends time working with others to protect and restore valuable habitat. A member of Friends of Morgan Bay and the Surry Alewife Committee, she has served on Blue Hill Heritage Trust's Board and on its Lands Committee. Susan grew up in New York City and Connecticut, and lived with her family for two years on Mallorca. She studied at the University of Madrid for a year and received a Master's degree in Education from Harvard University and a Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College.
Susan was a contributing writer for Maine Times for a number of years. She has written for Yankee Magazine, The Sun, and Audubon Magazine, and she wrote the monthly column entitled "Room with a View" for Down East magazine from 2019 to July 2021.
Her book Settled In The Wild won the The Maine Literary Award for Best Nonfiction from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance in 2011. She's been awarded two Maine Arts Commission grants and a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. In 2017, Susan received an Alfred P. Sloan grant to complete Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water's Edge, a longlist finalist for the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. The book was also shortlisted as a New England Society (NES) Book Awards finalist in the Specialty Title category.