Has a deep love for the Klamath Mountains. He was raised on the edge of the Trinity Alps in Lewiston, California and pursued his education at Humboldt State University where he received a BS in Fisheries and an MS in Wildlife Management. He is currently a Fisheries Biologist and Environmental Scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife with a focus on Fisheries, herpetology, and mountain lakes of Northern California. He was also the smith river salmon biologist for 10 years. One of his long-term research projects is studying population trends, demography, and habitat restoration response in Cascade frogs—deep in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. He lives in Arcata with his wife Rebecca and two children.