Hailing from the suburbs of Rochester, New York, Tim’s affinity for the natural world was apparent from a young age. Frequently escaping to the woods, he felt most at home trail running, snowshoeing, and backpacking in natural areas throughout the state. In college, Tim channeled this passion for the environment into the study of ecology. He graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York-Geneseo, while also conducting independent research projects on forest history and social insects. His weekends were primarily spent traveling with his school’s cross country and track teams to races throughout the northeast. Tim also spent his collegiate summers working for the Wisconsin Farmers Union, a job that gave him a strong emotional connection to the Midwest and its wonderful dairy products. This job provided the opportunity to travel the state, engaging its rural communities in a variety of educational programs. Upon graduating, Tim spent a year jumping between universities as a research assistant on a variety of projects. He has studied plant communities in northern Minnesota, and invasive insects in western New York. With his background in scientific research, outdoor recreation, and community engagement, Tim is excited to work closely with passionate youth at the Conserve School. In his free time, Tim also enjoys reading, drinking coffee, long conversations, and interacting with dogs as frequently as possible.