Born in Ohio but transplanted at a young age to Colorado, Rob has spent most of his life living in the Rockies. He is one of 12 children in a family that unilaterally loves the outdoors. When Rob was 12 years old, he found a young falcon and raised it to adulthood—and in turn the bird stayed with him for two years despite its ability to fly free during the entire time. During these years, Rob became enamored with both wildlife and photography. Each day after school, he would go for long bike rides in search of wildlife to study and photograph.
After a four-year term in the Air Force, Rob attended Colorado State University and the University of Colorado, studying zoology and biology and earning a degree in environment, population and organismic biology from the University of Colorado. Following his lifelong passion for teaching, he also obtained a teaching degree and taught life science and biology in Colorado secondary schools.
Ultimately, Rob returned to his passion for photography. With a focus on raptors, many of his photos have been used by the Peregrine Fund and the World Center for Birds of Prey, and his work has been published in National Wildlife
, Birders World
and many other magazines. He is the co-author of numerous books and is now working on a book about burrowing owls. With his deep knowledge of photography and the natural world, and his passion for teaching, Rob has led travelers in Africa, Peru, Alaska, Canada and the United States.