Dusty is a native Idahoan who earned his B.S. in Biology at Boise State University in 2002. He remained at BSU where he completed his M.S. in Raptor Biology in 2006 with emphases on Population Genetics, Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Dynamics. Dusty Became a CWI biology faculty in spring 2010, and currently teaches courses focused on Biology and Natural Resources (B100, B201, B209, B210 and B275). Dusty continues to work on in the Raptor Biology field by publishing original research and working as a monitoring coordinator and field specialist for various raptor studies in the Northwest.
Dusty lives in Boise with his wife, son and two dogs. He enjoys rock climbing, backcountry skiing, music, camping, organic gardening and practicing sustainable living. His favorite aspect of working at the College of Western Idaho is sharing learning opportunities with students through memorable and unique experiences in applied science.