Brad is originally from southeastern Ohio and received his bachelors degree in Wildlife Resources from the University of Idaho in Moscow in 2005. He earned a masters degree from Utah State University in Logan in 2017 while conducting research on mountain lion prey composition, kill rates, and resource selection in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Shaver Lake, CA. He has always had an interest in carnivore research, conservation, and public outreach/education. Prior to his graduate work, Brad spent 7 years studying fishers and assisting the Integral Ecology Research Center with studies focused on mesocarnivores such as bobcats, grey foxes, martens, and ringtails also in the Sierras of CA; researched lynx in northern Maine, red wolves and black bears at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in NC, and black bears in OK. He also spent time volunteering at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, MT and the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in Ramah, NM; as well as, worked as assistant education director and animal enrichment/caretaker at the Beartooth Nature Center in Red Lodge, MT. He has been working at Felidae Conservation Fund for the Bay Area Puma Project since September of 2017.