Karl Malcolm grew up outdoors in the northwestern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. A childhood spent camping, hunting, fishing, and exploring without boundaries gave Karl an appreciation for the importance of wild places. Karl has worked as a First Mate on a charter salmon boat on the Grand Traverse Bays, a hunting and fishing outfitter & guide, and consultant for wildlife research and management programs. Karl completed a PhD in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, while studying bears in North America and China. He also worked as a hunter education instructor in Wisconsin and became involved with the state’s Learn to Hunt Program, hosting classes geared toward teaching ecologically minded adults how to find, kill, process, and prepare their own wild food. Karl currently works as the Southwestern Regional Wildlife Ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.