I am a professional scuba diver + amateur nature photographer + blogger + environmental economist. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts, and became interested in science and the environment at an early age. I watched and read all things nature, and started creating a bucket list of destinations and animal encounters (see bucket list page). My childhood idol was the late great environmentalist/TV personality Stephen Robert Irwin (RIP). He showed me the intricate relationships between wildlife and our planet, while also providing consistent adrenaline rushes when he would hold deadly animals inches away from his face… He inspired me to study and document wildlife while I was a young kid, and is a big reason why I have created this blog.