Tyler is based out of Bozeman, Montana, where he owns a small business that provides inspection and testing services for construction materials on large-scale commercial, industrial, and transportation projects. He is also working on gaining credentials to teach avalanche safety courses. In the past, he has worked as a ski patroller and he is enrolled to get certified with Pro Level I A3 this December. Tyler enjoys many outdoor activities including skiing, mountain biking, and trail running. He loves the problem-solving that comes along with moving in the mountains, the people you meet while being outdoors, and the overall variety of beauty one can experience while being outside. He thinks it’s important to look, listen, and feel your surroundings, and adds “This goes for all aspects of life — social, career, sport, etc. Walking around with blinders on will get you nowhere.”
Every day, Tyler reminds himself about who his anchors are and how important they are to him. He shares “Over the past year-and-a-half, my wife endured a battle with Stage 3 – Triple Negative Breast Cancer. This life changing event for her was very impactful on my understanding of the importance of life and love.”
What is community science? Why join CSO?
Tyler regards it an opportunity to utilize community members already present in an area of study to collect data for scientific research. His motivation for joining CSO was two-fold: “Backcountry skiing is on the top of my list for favorite things to do and I was also raised on a cattle ranch. Both of these, skiing and ranching, rely very heavily on the snowpack retained in the mountains. First, for having fun. The deeper the snow, the safer and more fun the skiing will be. Second, for a healthy and successful ecosystem. The more snow in the mountains will result in a more successful environment for wildlife and livestock during the summer months. CSO’s operation for understanding local snowpacks aligned with where I come from as a Montana ranch kid and skier, where without the understanding of climate and its effects on the environment, we will not be able to enjoy what we have today — tomorrow. I look forward to sharing local information for a better understanding of the overall climate.”
Find Tyler on Instagram @shep_miller