Q: Where did you grow up?
I grew up on the Westside of the state in Issaquah, which is about 20 minutes away from Seattle.
Q: How long have you worked for the Kalispel Tribe?
My first field season with the tribe was in 2018 and this past summer I was brought on full time.
Q: What department do you work in and what does your workday look like?
I work in fisheries as a biologist on the Sullivan suppression project. A typical workday for me includes hiking through the woods, splashing around in a creek, and catching fish. The goal of the project is to reduce the number of nonnative fish species to help benefit Cutthroat trout populations. This is accomplished by backpack electroshock fishing the stream system and manually removing target species.
Q: What do you like most about working for the Kalispel Tribe?
I love the sense of community. We are all working towards a common goal of enhancing the natural resources in this area and you can tell people are passionate about the work they do. Also, I get to see beautiful scenery and it seems like I learn something new every day.
Q: What are your hobbies?
I like backpacking, hunting, fishing, and cooking. I also am a big Seahawks and (unfortunately) Mariners fan.
Q: What is your favorite event that the Kalispel Tribe puts on?
My favorite would have to be the buffalo round up. It is humbling to be up close to such large animals.