Growing up on the Georgia Coast, Tyler developed a passion at a young age for the natural landscape and the unique ecosystem found in the area. He viewed the coastal estuaries as a living system and the fluctuations of tides was seemingly a flow of nutrients, which supports the diversity of life just as a heartbeat found in ourselves. From there his passion for conservation, ecology, and wildlife management took flight. He received his B.S. in Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in wildlife at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA. He worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for four summers, and two of which living on Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge monitoring threatened and endangered sea turtles, conducting shorebird surveys on the American Oystercatcher and Wilsons Plover, and controlling the feral hog population on the island. He also worked in a forest ecology lab at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center where he collected data on the survival, growth, and mortality of understory hardwoods in different selection methods and fire regimes. Tyler is currently working as a research assistant in the lab and will will be pursuing a M.S. at the University of Florida in 2019 where his research will focus on filling in the missing gaps of feral swine ecology. Tyler is interested in rigorous wildlife research and it’s use as a guide for proper wildlife management techniques. He wants to bridge the gap between researchers and land managers and use wildlife science as the foundation for managing our forest in this changing environment. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and spending times outdoors.