Logan Whiles grew up in Bristol, Tennessee, before earning a BS in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University. Logan’s undergraduate research included studies of timber rattlesnake ecology and wildflower genetics in cedar glades. His undergraduate thesis focused on captive clouded leopard welfare at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. After graduating, Logan volunteered on a trail restoration crew in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and worked as an Interpretive Ranger for Tennessee State Parks. During his time in the Southeast, Logan enjoyed searching the forest for birds, salamanders and rock climbing destinations. He is now taking these hobbies westward.
As a master’s student at Washington State University, Logan studies the behavior of hoary marmots and the occupancy and diet of their potential predators in North Cascades National Park Complex. Logan plans to develop a career in research focused on interactions between species that are susceptible to changing climates and landscapes.