Joanna's writing has appeared online and in print for The Guardian, Mongabay, Scalawag, Care2, The Epoch Times, Global Forest Reporting Network, Smart Growth Network, Greenhaven Publishing, and RootsRated. She has presented collaborative research at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, the Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference, and the Water Education Summit.

Originally from Decatur, Georgia, Joanna now calls Asheville, North Carolina, home. She currently serves as a web editor and publisher for Care2

In 2015, Joanna won the "Follow the Farmer" writing contest sponsored by The Guardian and Rainforest Alliance. She traveled to Mexico to report on community-managed forestry.

Joanna graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a B.S. in Ecology, a minor in Anthropology, and a certificate in Watershed Science.