Andy was born in California and has over a decade of government service. Andy is currently a vertebrate paleontologist and working towards his Ph.D. while researching raptors (birds of prey) in biology. Andy is a member of the Raptor Research Foundation and has worked with conservation efforts or California condors in the past. Andy was a former museum educator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the George C. Page Museum (La Brea Tar Pits). Andy is passionate about educating children about dinosaurs and the natural world around them. In his free time, Andy trains government personnel in needed and valuable skill sets. Andy’s background outside of the government and paleontology/biology includes wildlife conservation, anti-poaching and humanitarian work. Andy has instructed rangers of the Kenya Wildlife Service, aided children in areas of conflict under UNICEF and helped reintegrate child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To this day, Andy continues to combat global fossil crime and global wildlife crime with focus on the illicit elephant ivory trade.