Nick did his undergraduate degree in biology at Oregon State University (OSU) and his Master’s in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). He is proud to call himself an ecologist and educator! As an ecologist, Nick has conducted research on coral reefs and mangrove forests in Panama and the Bahamas, impacts related to sea turtle ecotourism in Costa Rica, and wolves and ungulates in Yellowstone National Park and British Columbia Canada. As an educator, Nick is a credentialed teacher who for five years taught 11th grade biology and environmental science at High Tech High Chula Vista (a Title 1 Project Based Learning (PBL) high school). Until recently, Nick was a Youth Program Manager with Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) and continued his mission to get youth outdoors doing meaningful hands-on projects to better connect with themselves, the natural world, and their communities. Presently, Nick teaches high school science at Missoula Online Academy (MOA). Outside of work, Nick is honored to call Missoula Montana home and spends much of his time with his wife Libby, son Bechler, daughter Taela, and two dogs Takla/Anza hiking, biking, skiing and exploring Montana’s endless life-changing outdoor experiences!