Rod has been with NOAA Fisheries for close to 28 years. He is a Mathematical Statistician with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Marine Mammal Laboratory. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho in Mathematics and his Masters’ degree in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management from the University of Washington. Prior to NOAA, Rod spent summers fighting wildfires with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. When he isn’t working he is a professional ski instructor. He also enjoys hunting, hiking, skiing, and enjoying the outdoors.