Matthew Scott / Northern Colorado Instructor
Matthew Scott received his formal academic training in aquatic biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, which carried an emphasis on vessel and field operations along the Central Coast of California and Channel Islands National Park. The studies facilitated a significant amount of marine field work including international travel, from under the ice sheets of Antarctica to the patch reefs of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, culminating in him becoming a ship’s captain for a research and educational vessel exploring the coastal waters of California, SCUBA diving, spear fishing and lobster diving. He was also actively engaged as a kayak adventure guide within the Channel Islands, leading groups on sea cave excursions and educating on marine ecology, natural history, and coastal geology. In the past he has trained with the Sigma Three crew in Missouri for five weeks in an intensive immersion course with primitive skills that was as much a test of endurance as it was with comprehensive training. With an additional strong background in the trades and construction management, Matt has a natural inclination toward primitive structures. Much of his current interest and research is related to buttressing individuals and communities against unforeseen events, creating strategies for resilience.
While living in California he spent much of his time exploring the backcountry in the Los Padres National Forest, developing an interest in bushcrafting and primitive skills, and practicing the various techniques required for survival in the wilderness. He routinely spent up to two weeks out in the bush exploring the region and assisting in the detailed mapping of the area that were ultimately turned into fully illustrated, all weather maps to the rugged terrain by Brian Conant, Director of the Los Padres Forest Association and map geek extraordinaire.
Back at the home in Fort Collins, Matt and his wife, Danni enjoy urban homesteading; raising chickens, cultivating crops, crafting everyday essentials, and hanging out with their dog, Tater. They also focus on ensuring that they have adequate resources in the event of an unforeseen disruption in the everyday goods and services that it are easy to take for granted.