Born in 1945 in Wilmington, N.C. I grew up on a small family farm a few miles outside the city, spending much of my youth running across the fields, fishing in ponds, and hunting in the woods. I believe my career as a biologist began there as I gained a deep and abiding love for the outdoors. Following graduation from Wilmington College (UNCW) in 1968, I set off to Appalachian State University (ASU) to pursue a graduate degree in biology. Over the next two years, I invested tremendous time and energy in studying the avifauna along the slopes of Grandfather Mountain. I graduated from ASU in 1970 with a Master’s degree in Biology. My studies continued at Clemson University from 1974-1980, culminating in the completion of my Ph.D. in Zoology.
My interest in wildlife photography emerged as I spent much of the winter research hours documenting waterfowl behavior. For nearly 40 years I have maintained my passion for photographing wildlife; especially birds. My photographic adventures include: the Carolinas, up and down the Eastern Seaboard, cross-country to the Dakotas, Canada, Alaska, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
My photographic material has been utilized in National Wildlife, Bird Watcher’s Digest, South Carolina Waterfowl Magazine, and both editions of Birds of the Carolinas. In addition, my photographs have also been regularly used by various national wildlife refuges (NWR), including Santee NWR, Carolina Sandhills NWR, Pee Dee NWR, and Mattamuskeet NWR in North Carolina.