I completed my Ph.D. in Environmental Biology and Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta in 2005. I then spent 1.5 years working on a Post-Doc with the USGS out of Colorado State University where I was addressing a variety of sagebrush-steppe conservation issues. I became a Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at CSU, and then in 2010, became a Faculty member in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. I am currently an Research Ecologist with the US Geological Survey and continue my collaborative research program on sagebrush, grassland, and alpine ecosystems, much of which is partnered with the Colorado State University. He is also an Affiliate Research Scientist at NREL and an Affiliate Professor with ESS and GDPE.