I enjoy connecting people with nature and creating “aha moments” that give insight into the previously unknown. I also enjoy creating solutions that allow companies and nonprofits to operate more effectively and efficiently.
Growing up in Sacramento, CA I took an early interest in nature exploring the Central Valley, the Sierra Nevada, and the California coast. My first true nature fascination was with wolves. While I still find wolves fascinating, my interests have expanded considerably to include wildflowers, geology, insects, and especially, birds (and many other topics). I have been fortunate to live in the Lake Tahoe area full-time since 2006. In 2009, I received a Master of Science in Biology degree from the University of Nevada, Reno where I was the teaching assistant for Field Ornithology and developed a four-week high school curriculum on the ecology of the Great Basin.
I have had a varied career path that has exposed me to many different fields. I have worked as a cook at a health food store, taught at public schools in Colorado, worked as an analyst at an investment firm, and served as a philanthropy officer for a company. I spent a number of years doing field work with birds. In central Oregon, I developed and conducted a field study on Lewis’s Woodpeckers and my data was used to implement the first successful nest boxes for Lewis’s Woodpeckers in the country. I have also worked with Gunnison Sage-Grouse and performed breeding bird surveys in Oregon, Nevada, and California. My years as an environmental educator brought me to the Wolf Education and Research Center, Audubon Society of Portland, and Great Basin Outdoor School.
In 2010, I co-founded the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS), a nonprofit that provides science education and nature experiences. I wore many hats during my seven years at TINS, including Executive Director, Director of Science Education, outreach, membership, bookkeeper and financial oversight, fundraising, marketing, managing the board, training and managing staff, risk management, and federal, state, and county compliance. The science programs developed during my time there regularly received “outstanding” reviews from teachers and reached 5-6,000 students yearly.
In 2010, I also became an adjunct professor at Sierra Nevada College where I teach field courses, primarily in ornithology. I have been leading multi-day nature tours since 2005 in the U.S. and internationally that focus primarily on birds, but also geology and other topics that each location uniquely presents.
My hobbies are birding, traveling, snowboarding, biking, cooking, and spending time with my wife and kids.