Growing up on the south shore of Long Island NY, I gained a love for the outdoors at an early age exploring and working on the Great South Bay and Fire Island National Seashore. I graduated from the State University at Buffalo with a B.S. in Environmental Science in 1997. While at Buffalo I studied abroad at the School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Management in the Turks and Caicos Islands. I moved to Sarasota Florida in 1997 and worked as a research biologist for Mote Marine Laboratory Center for Tropical Marine Ecology. After my time at Mote, I relocated to Key Largo FL in 1999 and took a job as a Tropical Marine Ecology Instructor at Marine Resource Development Foundation teaching students from all over the country about coral reefs, sea grasses, mangroves and the Everglades. In 2000, I took a job with the Florida Fish And Wildlife Marine Research Institute in Marathon FL where I spent 2 more years as a coral and fisheries biologist studying the ecology within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. In 2002, my wife and I decided to relocate back to the Sarasota area where I began my teaching career with the Sarasota County School District. In my 8 years with the district, I taught a wide variety of science courses at both the middle and high school levels including AP Environmental Science, Marine Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Ecology, Zoology, Astronomy, Biology and Physical Science. While teaching at Booker High School, I became the director of the schools Environmental Science Academy Magnet Program. Most recently I worked as the Education Director for a Non-Profit Environmental Education Company. I have extensive background and knowledge of Florida ecology and ecosystems and a genuine love and passion for the environment. I am an experienced SCUBA Diver and Kayaker. I hold a Florida State teaching certification in Earth and Space Science and Biology and I am a Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor. I am also a Red Cross Certified lifeguard. I currently reside in Bradenton Florida with my wife Emily and our 8 year old daughter Natalie.