Nels Holmberg lives on a sheep farm in east central Missouri with his wife Sandra and 10 Australian shepherds. A born again environmentalist, his great interest is understanding, cataloging and preserving the great diversity of fascinating organisms living on this earth. Sandra’s desire to be a farmer led to Nels’ interest in ecology which led to quitting his job and going back to UM-St. Louis for a MS degree in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. He now spends as much time as possible in the field, looking for and learning new plants. Nels believes that the quality of a nature hike depends greatly on the knowledge all the group members bring along.