From an early age, Matt was fascinated with the natural world. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and living in the Bay Area for much of his childhood, he made a life-changing decision to attend high school in the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. The region’s distinctive geology, climate, flora and fauna further stimulated his interest in studying the natural sciences. He has remained in the region for the past 30 years and currently resides in Prescott, AZ.
After obtaining a degree in natural history from Prescott College, Matt worked as a field biologist and ecological/rangeland consultant for numerous federal agencies and private entities. A big proponent for land conservation, Matt also works for a land trust, providing expertise in conservation easements and other land protection tools.
In the early 1990s, Matt began working as a river and backcountry guide. He shifted to being a naturalist guide and over the years, he has led countless individuals throughout the Southwest while imparting a unique perspective of the region’s exceptional natural environment. Drawing on this extensive experience and with camera in hand, Matt helps introduce viewers to the spectacular gems hidden amid the canyons of the Southwest and further afield.