After graduating from Whitman College in 2011, Ethan worked for a summer in Stanley, Idaho, keeping aquatic invasive species out of Redfish Lake, an outdoor playground nestled at the foot of the Sawtooth mountains. Ethan migrated to Breckenridge, Colorado for the winter, where he experienced a completely different version of mountain culture. After his disparate experiences in two mountain paradises, he was inspired to find out how and why these two towns in a similar mountain setting were so different. This, in turn, led him to the field of planning. He is now a graduate student in the Bioregional Planning Program at the University of Idaho and still enjoys cavorting about in mountains and canyons of the intermountain west. His professional interests include economic development planning, natural resource planning, and sustainable transportation planning.