Alex grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, but was fortunate enough to spend most summers growing up in the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by the rich temperate rainforest of the southern Blue Ridge around Asheville, NC. Throughout his undergraduate education, he returned to work at the same summer camp, where he discovered a love for his work as an outdoor educator and backcountry trip leader. Upon completion of his B.S. in Environmental Science from Duke University, he fled to the frigid mountains of inland Maine, where he worked a season as a lift operator before stumbling into a position working as a seasonal educator for the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership in midcoast Maine.
After a few months spent living 12 miles from the mainland, he realized that the ocean was not for him and moved back to western North Carolina, where he found work as a field instructor for Muddy Sneakers—in addition to work as an antique salesman in Asheville. Alex recently completed his Master of Natural Resources, with a focus in environmental education and science and communication, at the University of Idaho’s McCall Outdoor Science School campus. He is looking forward to teaching in central Colorado and gaining a greater understanding of the ecology of the mountain west, particularly snow science, which continues to blow his southeastern mind.
When not working, Alex can be found on his mountain bike, skiing, sitting in creeks, and trying to improve his mediocre-at-best guitar playing.