was born and raised in Chico, California where he grew up enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. He received his BA degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his PhD in Zoology from the University of Washington. Following a career in Neurophysiology at the University of Maryland Medical School and Tulane University Medical School, Robert joined the fledgling GPS industry in Anaheim, California in 1985.
Robert worked for 24 years in that industry, defining GPS systems for precise applications such as timing, geodesy, surveying, and mapping. Robert retired in 2009 and moved to Fresno in 2010 to be close to family and to enjoy the proximity to the Sierra. Robert is committed to working on environmental protection, including issues of air quality, water use and habitat quality in the Central Valley. He joined the National Audubon Society in 2009 because they are one of the most successful conservation organizations in the US. Robert joined the board of Fresno Audubon Society (FAS) in 2011 as a Director at Large. He assumed the role of Editor of The Yellowbill in May 2012. He became Vice President of FAS in June 2013 and President in January 2014. His goals for FAS are to increase membership, reach out to and involve the community in birding and local conservation issues, work with Central Valley Farmers, and to influence public policy to promote well-planned development that considers the impact on the environment. Robert is also a member of the board of Audubon California, a state office of National Audubon Society. He enjoys birding, hiking, biking, SCUBA diving and working in his native plant garden.