Alex will tell you, he’s just a kid from north Mississippi who has always held a passion for the outdoors. He built upon this passion by studying wildlife and forestry management as an undergraduate at Mississippi State University. During this time, Alex gained hands-on experience while working with the biologists and foresters at the Corps of Engineers. After earning a master's degree in wetland ecology and water quality, Alex was excited to have the opportunity to work for The Nature Conservancy in Mississippi.
He initially served as the Freshwater Program Director for the Mississippi Chapter before transitioning to the chapter’s Associate State Director. In 2020, he was selected as the new State Director. Whether it's reconnecting floodplains along the Mississippi River, restoring oyster reefs along the coast, protecting a piece of land along the Pascagoula River, restoring Mississippi’s National Forest, or conserving some of the last iconic tracts of river bottom forest in the Mississippi Delta—Alex feels all of these areas are connected to Mississippi’s sense of place.
“Mississippians have always held a strong sense of place,” Alex says. “because no matter where we each end up in life, most of us will always call Mississippi our home. That’s what makes TNC's work so much fun for me.”