Ray has been with the Institute since 2011 and loves to share his enthusiasm for all things Mount St. Helens. Before working at the Mount St. Helens Institute, Ray worked as a biologist on the mountain, interacting with creatures as diverse as shrews, salamanders, trout and trees. He earned his Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Washington State University – Vancouver, studying the impact of pocket gophers on plants and soil in the Pumice Plain region of Mount St. Helens. Before coming to southwest Washington, Ray worked as a botanist for the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Montana across the Great Basin Desert and Intermountain West after graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. When Ray isn’t on the mountain, you will find him doting on one of his beautiful kids, playing music in one of his many bands, fishing or looking for chanterelles. Contact Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 891-5069.