I have been a member of the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association since the 2002 meeting in Dallas, TX. Over that time I have come to greatly appreciate the organization and its mission to serve the warfighter, and am very grateful for the friends I have made as a result of my membership in NMFWA. I am looking forward to an opportunity to serve the membership of our great organization, and as a result of that service, providing support to our critical national defense mission.
I grew up in Las Vegas, NV and graduated with a degree in Zoology from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT in 1994. Having spent plenty of time in deserts, both low and high, I next headed to the swamplands for a PhD in Evolutionary & Environmental Biology from the then University of Southwestern Louisiana. After graduating I spent a year at The University of Memphis as a post-doc and then started in 2000 as a contract scientist with the US Army Engineer Research & Development Center’s Environmental Laboratory in Vicksburg, MS. Since signing on as a federal employee for the Environmental Lab in 2001, I have worked as a research biologist, with a 3-year stint as branch chief somewhere in there. My work tends to focus around developing and using genetic tools for studying plant and animal ecology, though I have become interested in pollinator issues in recent years, as well. At one point, I was the editor of our newsletter, The FAWN, which I greatly enjoyed, and served as the Bat Working Group Chair for a year, as well. I live in Vicksburg with my wonderful wife of 23 years, Christina, 5 kids (Sam, Anna Leigh, Ewan, Jonathan, and Matthias in descending, chronological order), 4 cats, 3 fish, and 3 parakeets. I enjoy birding and other outdoor fun, playing games with the family, and hopelessly rooting for several sad-sack sports teams. I really love spending time with DoD natural resource managers on their incredible lands.