Doug’s passion for the natural world started at an early age in his home state of Michigan. He received two biology degrees from Central Michigan University, and later went on to get a master’s degree in conservation biology. His education led him to study a diverse range of natural sciences, with an emphasis on ecology, animal behavior, and migratory birds. Shortly after leaving the academic world, Doug migrated north to Alaska with his trusty Siberian husky, Koda. He began working as a naturalist in Denali National Park in 1999. For over seven years he has shared his love of Alaska and Denali’s six million acres with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests, as trip leader for the Denali Land Extension based at the North Face Lodge deep within the park.
When not exploring Denali National Park, he finds himself plying pristine trout and salmon streams with his fly rod and hand tied flies or photographing the wonders of the Alaskan wilderness. Residing in a small community of just over 800 residents and living in a quaint log cabin in the woods, he has grown quite comfortable in the Far North. Doug has spent several winters training and traveling with Alaskan Huskies over the frozen landscape of “The Last Frontier.” Other interests include playing blues and folk guitar, cross country skiing, volunteering as a radio host for a local public radio station, and serving on his local community council.