I first became interested in ecology about 25 years ago while working as a tree planter for the Ministry of Forests in northern Ontario, Canada. Working in remote locations in Ontario gave me an appreciation for natural areas and a desire to protect them. After 5 seasons of tree planting, I relocated by bicycle from Toronto to a small town in southeastern British Columbia to study forest management at a community college. I spent the following 6 years working as a field technician for various forest consulting companies in BC and in Oregon. Frustrated by the scale of timber management, I returned to school to study environmental science at the University of Oregon and fire ecology at the University of Wyoming. I subsequently worked as a plant ecologist for 4 years with the Oregon Natural Heritage Program at Oregon State University investigating the distribution and status of plant communities and rare plant species. I became interested in the application of spatial tools to address conservation problems and joined the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center at the University of Wyoming where I was involved in vegetation mapping projects using remote sensing techniques. After two years in Wyoming, I decided to return to school once again with the objective of enhancing my quantitative skills. I’m currently working in Patrick Martin’s lab investigating the demography and potential responses of Rocky Mountain tree species to climate change.