I grew up on the southern edge of the Boreal Forest near the confluence of the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers. My passion for ecology comes from countless hours of fishing, hunting, and canoeing with two great naturalists, my father and grandfather. The pursuit of a career in Ecology led to completion of a MSc in Rangeland Ecology from the University of Saskatchewan. My wife, Heather, and I moved to British Columbia in 2005 where I was employed as a Range Practices Specialist with the BC Forest Service. While with the Forest Service I was given the opportunity to take a sabbatical to teach Environmental Monitoring at Northlands College in La Ronge, Saskatchewan. While in LA - the colder, buggier, Canadian version, I began to think about a return to academics and with Heather's encouragement I applied to the GDPE at CSU. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work toward a PhD with Dr. David Cooper and Andrea Borkenhagen (fellow PhD candidate) on vascular plant establishment on the Fen Restoration Project in northern Alberta. My career goals include being a cracker jack in Boreal Forest ecology, an aficionado of the ecology of Carex spp., and an expert in restoring Boreal Forest ecosystems following human disturbance. Heather and I are looking forward to camping, fishing, and hiking throughout Colorado. As well, I enjoy skiing during, any and all, spare winter hours.