Tyler Pedersen is an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, nature enthusiast and runner from Helena, Montana. He has self-published one book of poetry titled, “Nostalgia, Naturally,” through Authorhouse & in 2013 he created & curated a Freshly Pressed WordPress Blog called, "The Ancient Eavesdropper." His specialties are concrete poetry (e.g., sculpting words into all sorts of shapes) and free verse. As an ecologist, Tyler has performed a wide range of field work jobs including tracking endangered and threatened rattlesnakes and turtles in Illinois, trapping small mammals in Eastern Montana, blazing trails in Western Montana and Idaho and coring trees in the sub-alpine forests of Wyoming and Colorado. In 2006, he graduated from the University of Montana with a major in Ecology and minor in Art History and criticism. After college, he served two years in Americorps as an Montana Conservation Corps crew member in Helena, Montana and Biodiversity Conservation Coordinator for the City of Gresham, Oregon. For the last 4 years,Tyler worked at the Coos Watershed Association, a non-profit watershed council, in Coos Bay, Oregon. Here, he managed and implemented riparian and wetland restoration projects, collected and analyzed field data and wrote reports and $1,000,000 worth of successfully-funded grant proposals. He also spent a considerable time controlling and mapping invasive plants like Japanese knotweed, gorse and purple loosestrife. Presently, he lives with his wife, two cats & two dogs in Corvallis, Oregon.