Jeff earned his Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in wildlife resources from the University of Idaho. He worked for 20 years as a field biologist conducting management and research operations in Yosemite and Denali National Parks. He then moved into research management for the U.S. Geological Survey in both regional offices and research science centers where he learned through education and firsthand experiences his passion for leadership. Because of his natural talent he was asked to become part of the USGS training cadre where he taught leadership, team-building, and mentoring nationally.? His depth of caring and compassion for others, his commitment to do what is right, and his ability to see and focus on the big vision all the while effectively managing details made him a talented and successful science manager and executive. He now shares his talents and experiences in his writing, consulting and volunteer services.