I owe my love of nature to my father, who took me fishing, hunting, and camping when I was growing up. While attending college at Virginia Tech, I studied aquatic ecology, and then pursued a graduate degree in environmental sciences at the University of Virginia. I started my career with the NC State Parks System, where I spent 8 years as a naturalist/educator. I moved to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and had 24 wonderful years of teaching others about the incredible natural diversity of North Carolina. I was also fortunate to have the opportunity to explore and help others experience the natural world in many outstanding areas beyond our state’s borders, from Belize to the Arctic, and in my favorite destination, Yellowstone. I retired and went back to work for 3 years as an educator with the North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) in Chapel Hill, where I enjoyed connecting people with nature in a beautiful setting. I am now re-retired (is that a thing?) and enjoying time in our woods and traveling to amazing natural areas via truck camping, backpacking, and canoeing with my wife, Melissa.
I am outside as much as possible, observing and learning about the natural world. Through photography, writing, and guided trips, I hope to share my love of nature with others and inspire people to conserve the beauty and diversity of this planet we call home. Join me in this journey and see what lies just beyond the end of the road.