Matt, Bobby, and Grant are our Ellsworth Creek Forestry Technicians and have spent the summer re-measuring long-term monitoring plots at The Nature Conservancy’s Ellsworth Creek Preserve. Originally from Indiana, Matt recently graduated with a degree in biology from Washington State Vancouver, where he studied the effects of chytrid fungal pathogens on Pacific Northwest amphibians. Matt has also done habitat restoration work as a volunteer at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and he has a keen interest in amphibians and gastropods, particularly our local slugs, often fascinating us with little-known slug facts. Grant was Rain Shadow’s first intern in the summer of 2016 and returned this year to join the Ellsworth Creek field crew. Originally hailing from outside of Chicago, he has a degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Vermont. Grant has spent the last several years in Colorado, where he works as a ski instructor at Vail and helped the resort with revegetation and water management work as part of a large-scale snowmaking expansion. Also originally from near Chicago, Bobby rounds out our midwestern-turned-Pacific-Northwestern crew. He thought he was accompanying Grant on a brief road trip to Oregon and Washington and soon found himself recruited to join the Ellsworth Creek team. Bobby has a degree in business and work experiences that have taken him around the world, including working for a production company and as a bicycle tour guide in Germany, teaching skiing lessons at Vail, performing with his band in Michigan, and now wrangling trees with a measuring tape in the PNW. Matt, Bobby, and Grant all share a love of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and frequently communicate with each other primarily using quotes from the TV show and an assortment of other movies.