Ian received a bachelor's degree in biology from North Central College in Naperville, IL and a master's degree in entomology from Montana State University in Bozeman.
Ian has been with the Montana Department of Agriculture as the entomologist since 2008. Ian has collected insects around the world including the countries of Montserrat, Jamaica, Italy, India, Malaysia, Mexico, and Singapore.
Prior to his time with the Montana Department of Agriculture Ian worked for:
Ian's first tick experience occurred while he was backpacking with his family in Porcupine
Mountains State Park in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan-nice Lyme disease country. While traveling
to a backcountry cabin, Ian and his family stopped for a swim in Lake Superior. While swimming in
the frigid waters, Ian's mother noticed a dark object on the back of his shoulder. The object
turned out to be a partially engorged tick. Since Ian's mother was concerned about removing the
tick without a sharp object and potentially leaving the head and mouthparts lodged under the skin
which can cause infection. It was decided to leave the tick imbedded until the family reached the
cabin. While hiking Ian's younger siblings enjoyed chatting with Ian's new little skin attached
friend. When the family reached the cabin about 6 hours later the tick was fully engorged, but it
was easily removed with tweezers
. . .and Ian did not get Lyme disease.