I grew up on a bison ranch in Northwestern Wisconsin which is where I learned how bison behave, and react with their environment. I moved to Rapid City, South Dakota where I worked for another bison ranch on a grander scale as I was working on my geology undergraduate degree at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. After my third year I transferred to East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee where I worked with Dr. Jim Mead to get my Master's of Science in Geosciences.
I am a Ph.D. student and Boone and Crockett Fellow in the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries at Texas A&M University studying climate change impacts, specifically temperature, on bison and how it affects bison conservation and industry. I have worked with bison since 1999 in various capacities, as a rancher/owner, as a paleontologist, and as a wildlife scientist.