Inspired by the scenery of my hometown, Colorado Springs, I set off to study Environmental Sciences at Northwestern University. I was offered a scholarship by the U.S. Navy, which created a wonderful 12 year detour from ecological research to fly F/A-18 Hornets. After leaving active duty, I joined the Navy Reserves and flew C-40As (Boeing 737) and C-9B transport aircraft, ultimately retiring from the military after 20 years of service. While finishing my military career, I received my PhD in freshwater ecology from the University of Washington. I now work for a small environmental consulting firm: Four Peaks Environmental Science & Data Solutions
While spending countless hours peering down at the earth from the sky, I pondered the complexities of providing freshwater to all stakeholders across vast landscapes with different priorities. My main inspiration is to understand the ecology of our freshwater ecosystems, help optimize our use of this valuable resource, and bring awareness and love for these systems to a broad audience.