Rick joined the MIC staff in 1994 after working in the graphic design and photography industry then later as a consultant in wetland ecology and management. He received a B.S. degree in Dairy Manufacturing from Texas A&M University in 1982 and a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology in 1992. Prior to working for the MIC he consulted on wetland delineation projects using physiological and morphological adaptation of plant species occurring in potential wetland areas. Rick also worked to identify the impact of bird populations as they relate to plant diversity in the management of seasonally flooded wetlands.