I grew up in northern Michigan and spent most of my time outside as a kid. Even at a young age I was enamored with Alaska and decided very early on that one day I would live there. At age 16 I acquired my own dog team, which I trained and entered in sled dog races around northern Michigan. After I graduated from high school, I packed all of my dogs and everything I owned up into a tiny Mazda pickup and drove north. Since arriving in Alaska I’ve spent time raising and training wild caribou calves, training Iditarod dog teams, and hunting. I graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife Biology in Spring 2011, and I am now working on my master’s degree, also in Wildlife Biology. I hope to continue to study large mammals after graduation.