Born in Tonsberg, Norway, Sorby grew up in Montreal where she attended Bishop's University and specialized in economics. She later moved to the United States and currently resides in San Diego. Sorby has extensive outdoor experience, teaching backcountry navigation, winter camping and survival, and backpacking. She is presently a lead instructor for Adventure 16 Wilderness Outings in San Diego and the Scholarship Chair for the Pacific Women's Sports Foundation. Sorby is also a lead instructor and member of the board of directors for the Institute of Alternative Opportunities, a nonprofit corporation designed to provide outdoor educational programs for adults and children.
An avid athlete, Sorby has run eight marathons, enjoys long distance kayaking, trail running, backcountry skiing, biking, and backpacking. A motivational and educational speaker, Sorby has also spent time as a lecturer on board marine expeditions to the High Arctic of Canada, Greenland, and the Antarctic Peninsula.
This lecture and slide presentation by Sunniva Sorby is jointly sponsored by the Roberts Environmental Center, in conjunction with the dedication of Roberts Hall, both made possible through the generosity of George R. Roberts '66 and his wife, Leanne.