Bryan Carlson was born June 23, 1983 in Spokane, Washington. His family lived in Spokane until he was three, when they moved to Northport. He attended school in Northport all the way through high school, and graduated in the Northport High School Class of 2001, which was a class of around twenty students. He was active in outdoor physical activities all of these years with hiking, biking, and camping with the family. They took several trips to the coast in western Washington, and in particular Bryan went on two “survival trips” as part of his high school Outdoor Ed. Curriculum. On these trips he was only allowed to take the clothing on his back, rain gear, and a sack of flour.

After high school, Bryan attended Western Washington University for his first year of college. At that time he was majoring in Computer Science. His sophomore year he attended University of Alaska in Fairbanks, and he switched his major to Geology. During that year he took a three day camping trip into the Arctic Circle and saw the Arctic Ocean. After finishing this year at University, Bryan spent one month backpacking alone in southeast Alaska. He hitch-hiked on road and ferry from Alaska to Washington State.

His junior year, Bryan went to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff as part of the National Exchange program. He once again changed his major, this time to Biology. While in Arizona, He did lots of hiking and camping; he summited Mount Humphreys, and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He also spent two months in 2004 backpacking with his three brothers in Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico.

After this, Bryan returned again to Alaska. He continued his studies at the University, and also took two rock-climbing classes and a mountaineering class. This experience included summiting in snow and on glacier, and ice climbing frozen waterfalls. He also managed to find time for mountain biking and white water kayaking. Bryan obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from U. of Alaska in 2006.

In Fairbanks Bryan started doing research in Ecology. By 2008, he was back in Washington State and began his Masters program in Botany at Washington State University in Pullman. He is currently finishing that program, and is studying the ecological interaction of trees and insect pest species.

As a founding member of SMOS and current President, Bryan is committed to a successful school that promotes environmental awareness and personal fitness, and he hopes that it will be a keystone organization for the Northport Community.

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