My work revolves around resilience, in the overlap between natural resources and emergency management. I’m an applied ecologist and conservationist, as well as a search and rescue technician. I work with landowners and managers to improve land stewardship, including defensible space, and also to coexist with large carnivores that are potential predators. I am owner of Shining Horizons Land Management and a research associate with the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative. I was a prescribed fire and fuels manager, and fire effects monitor, for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Branch of Forestry and Wildland Fire Management in northwestern Arizona. As a scientist I edited the recent special issue of Rangelands that re-examined grazing management in the context of complex creative systems. I also ran a holistically managed ranch in western Colorado, served as President of the Colorado Section Society for Range Management, and served as a rangeland management specialist and bear technician for several government agencies. I hold an MS in Range Science from Utah State University and a BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona. I joined a volunteer fire department when I was 16.