Sean grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, spending much of his time exploring the natural world and volunteering in his community. As a kid, he loved building forts and roaming the trails in the open space near his home. When he was 12, he began caring for animals and teaching other humans about them at the San Francisco Zoo. In high school, Sean was a docent at the local tidepools, where he led tours and got people excited about everything from tunicates to nudibranches. He also began to develop a concern for the disappearing natural world, and he began monitoring creek health with a local organization.
Sean went to college at UCLA, where he studied Ecology, Animal Behavior, and Evolution. He went all the way to Kenya to study not elephants, but ants. His experiences in Africa helped open his eyes to the realities and inequalities of the human world, and also to the beauty of African ecosystems.
During the school year, Sean is a naturalist for the Marin County Outdoor School at Walker Creek Ranch. He leads 5th and 6th grade students through an exhilarating week of nature and science activities. He helps students explore their relationship with plants, animals, fungi, clouds, soil, air, creeks, and the rest of the ecosystem. He hopes to continue the journey to reintegrate himself and other humans into natural systems, and not to continue to work against them. His ultimate dream is to own an ecological farm, growing food with the smallest possible impact while preserving much of the land around it for other species to live.
A few highlights of Sean's life include watching sunrise from the top of Mt. Kenya; meeting his wife, Kristen, in Africa; descending into a remote part of the Grand Canyon; backpacking through trail-less wilderness in Alaska; meeting birds, insects, people, and plants throughout Peru and Ecuador; listening to hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras grunt to each other in the Serengeti; every visit with his parents and two sisters; trekking in the Andes mountains; visiting many county, state, and national parks; watching his chickens forage for grass and bugs.