Joe has been a life-long outdoor enthusiast and has cultivated a zeal for the environment and preserving natural areas over the years. He is a native of Florida, where he earned his B.S. in Botany from the University of Florida. In the following years, he worked with vegetation identification and other ecology monitoring crews and completed an AmeriCorps position with wetland restoration. He came directly to Spokane from Corvallis, OR – where he completed an M.S. in Applied Science at Oregon State University in 2009. He has had aspirations of working with beaver for many years and is eager for the opportunity to work full time with the Beaver Project. In his spare time he enjoys playing drums, cycling, films, and bowling. He also really likes cooking and creating new vegetarian recipes.