Hello, my name is Joseph. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Coming
from an area rich in mountains and evergreens, I developed an interest
in my surroundings at a young age. Audubon books filled my shelves.
To see a unknown species of mushroom in my back yard was an exciting
opportunity to investigate and discover.
Later, at age 17, I would attend a mountaineering school where
I developed skills to safely climb the Olympic and Cascade mountains.
I enjoyed hiking in groups and getting to know people on the trail.
A sense of adventure guided me to explore more. Namely, the world
outside Washington state and the academic world of higher learning.
With a friend of mine I spent 3 months riding motor cycles around
the USA. I loved seeing the beauty of the Nation but I also enjoyed
the subtle difference of the people in each state.
After my "easy rider" trip I entered The Evergreen State
College in Olympia Washington. At Evergreen I took a couple of study
abroad programs. One in France and the other in the Ivory Coast
of West Africa. I graduated from Evergreen, with a Liberal Arts
Degree, in 2000 and moved to Hawaii to explore the tropical Islands.
Naturally interested in my surroundings, I began to learn about
Hawaii's interesting and unique flora and fauna. After studying
the natural history of the Hawaiian Islands, I began to lead guided
adventures for Oahu Nature Tours. I am now a senior guide and have
worked with Oahu Nature Tours for two years. Living in Hawaii is
leading me to explore new territories of higher learning. I plan
to work on getting my masters in evolutionary biology at the University
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