John found his love for science while wandering along beaches picking up seashells as a child. He spent what many called “the lost decade” at Texas A&M University taking every science class he could get into, writing many verbose papers on the need to teach everything to elementary school students through ecology and the in-depth study of place, while also spending countless hours roaming the banks of the Brazos River. His life as a natural sciences educator began when he started taking the fossil bones and stone tools that he was finding along the river to elementary schools in the area for a place-based show and tell. In 1999 John came to Earth Day in Austin to find a job at “some place like the Wildflower Center” and wound up as a corporate IT trainer for a local dotcom. Thanks to two IT layoffs during the next 10 years, he has spent the last 3 years wandering the banks of Hienze Branch creek doing the natural sciences education that he believes he was always meant to do. When he is not out in the woods at the preserve, he is up the creek growing organic vegetables for one of the preserve neighbors. His wife, Olga, and children, Olivia and Aiden, are regular guests on one of his weekend public tours, and they even managed to appear in the Daytripper episode partially filmed at Westcave.