An avid rock climber, photographer and nature-geek, Brady Ross has a degree in Geography from South Dakota State University. 

Brady spent his early years in the Rockies in southern Colorado, where he spent time hiking and expanding his adventurous spirit in the outdoors. He then moved to eastern South Dakota to live on a family farm that is currently in the process of transitioning into an organic farm producing tons of yummy foods. 

Brady is looking forward to prairie thunderstorms, counting bison and smelling the prairie aromas. He is inspired by the world around him and loves to make really bad jokes and then laugh at them himself.


Grace Elison was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, where she came to love playing, kayaking and fishing at the local beach, lakes and rivers. She went camping with her family for the first time when she was two years old, and had hiked down the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and back up by the time she was eight.

A junior at the University of Florida, Grace is majoring in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. She volunteers as a technician in a genetics lab studying bass, and works as a greenhouse assistant, planting and caring for beans.

Grace spends her summers backpacking and has explored places including Glacier National Park, the Grand Tetons and southern portions of the Appalachian Trail. She will be hiking the John Muir Trail this August.


Rachel Karlov grew up in Colombia and Ecuador, and now calls Wisconsin her home. She graduated from Macalester College with a degree in Geology and a minor in Biology. 

During her studies, Rachel had the opportunity to learn about earth and environmental processes in Italy, volcanic landscapes in Arizona, and carbonate systems in the Bahamas.  Most recently, she spent two months living in a bamboo house in the remote coastal forests of Ecuador researching conservation biology. 

Rachel is looking forward to the field and environmental conservation experience that living on the prairie will bring.


Nathan Colliers grew up hunting and fishing on a small farm in the Piney Woods of South Mississippi, where he established his love and appreciation for wildlife and the outdoors.

He followed his passion for nature by pursuing a BS in Wildlife Science at Mississippi State University. His main concentration is in Large Mammal Ecology, with a primary focus on ungulates. He has worked extensively with white tailed deer and feral hogs.

Nathan considers joining the Landmark team an opportunity for him to broaden his horizons beyond the Southeast and be exposed to a diverse array of wildlife. In the future, he hopes apply his knowledge and experience toward conservation in an international setting.

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