Robert Mellinger grew up in the Appalachian Ridge and Valley area of northwestern New Jersey. At sixteen years old, a curious wolverine approached him in the Northern Talkeetna Mountains in Alaska and he has been committed to understanding and caring for the natural world ever since. Over the past twelve years, he lived in Russia, England, and British Columbia as well as many areas of the mid-Atlantic, northeastern, and northwestern US. In 2011, Robert moved to the Pacific Northwest where he worked on various projects where community and ecosystems meet, including the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle, WA, and restoration of the Maxwelton Watershed on Whidbey Island, WA. He is certified in wildlife track and sign and as a wilderness educator and earned an MSc. from Schumacher College in Devon, England, where he studied how people can begin to wrap their minds around the complexity of the Earth’s systems and deep evolutionary time. For the past four years, Robert had the privilege to be the land manager for a 106-acre conservation forest and campus at the Whidbey Institute on Whidbey Island, WA. He is excited to join the Land Air Water team and bring people together from around the world who are motivated to care for the places where they live.