I grew up in Golden, Colorado and was raised with an appreciation for the natural beauty of the American West and the way it inspires those who find a home here. As a Coloradoan, I remember the excitement of living in a growing and changing region, the challenges it brought for conservation, but also the opportunities it created. I completed BS and MS degrees in civil engineering at Colorado State University, and then a PhD in Hydrology at MIT. A professorship in the Geosciences at Boise State University drew my wife (a fellow Coloradoan) and I to Idaho in 2009. I am honored to work with CVIEF as it advances conservation in Idaho and hope that I can lend my expertise as a hydrologist and perspective as it carries out its mission. My wife and I love sharing the outdoors with our two children, from hikes in the foothills to snowsports to camping.