Originally from Portage, Michigan, Paul was always interested in the environment and outdoors. His involvement in the Boy Scouts fostered his curiosity and provided him ample opportunities to experience the great outdoors. This enthusiasm for the natural world led him to attend Conserve School in fall of 2011 (CS3), where he found a strong sense of place, and later led him to attend Northland College. Paul earned degrees in Ecological Restoration and Environmental Geoscience, and conducted original research on the relationship between bedrock and soil mineralogy of the Gogebic Range. In addition, he spent 3 months in Chilean Patagonia doing field research with Round River Conservation Studies. While at Northland, Paul worked for the Residential Life department, and with the Sustainability department on the compost crew. He also sat on the Outdoor Orientation program’s steering committee, leading 7 trips including sailing, canoeing, biking, and backpacking. After graduating, he worked at the Hulings Rice Food Systems Center as the Assistant to the Director. In his free time, Paul enjoys having conversations with people, hiking, pondering science, learning new skills, and cross country skiing during the winter.