Joseph Coleman (by 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 attended 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 differences of the people in each state.
After my "easy rider" trip I entered The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington. At Evergreen I completed a couple of study abroad programs in France and the Ivory Coast of West Africa. I graduated from Evergreen with a Liberal Arts Degree in 2000, and moved to Hawaii to explore its tropical Islands.
I began learning 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 has inspired me to continue my education. I plan on attending the University of Hawaii to pursue a masters degree in evolutionary biology.