Justin grew up in a small town in north central Connecticut where tractor jams related to the annual harvest of broadleaf tobacco were an annual problem. A lifelong lover of nature, he spent his childhood days wandering through the field, swamps, and forests behind his family’s home. This passion for nature lead to a degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Maine and field work in various locations including the temperate rainforest of the Pacific Northwest. While in the Northwest, he conducted surveys for marbled murrelets, a threatened shorebird that only nests in old growth rainforests. He continued this focus by earning a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in environmental science with a focus on stewardship.
Justin’s passion for sharing nature with others led him to a career in education where he teaches high school and college level environmental science with a focus on ecological resilience and restoration ecology. He has made it his life’s work to foster ecological stewardship values in young people. He was selected as a 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and traveled to Antarctica with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. This experience inspired him to get back out in the field and share his love of all things wild with you.
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