As a Toxicologist at the Department of Ecology, Russ has devoted his professional career to the cleanup and restoration of Puget Sound.
His experience using UAVs stemmed from a background in radio control modeling and photography hobbies, which were combined to provide another tool for the environmental work he does. He has explored a variety of applications for this technology and continues to advocate for the environmental uses of UAVs on behalf of the state.
In addition to building and flying UAVs, he competitively flies RC gliders and sometimes even gets out hiking or fishing local waters.
He holds an MS in fisheries ecology from UW School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, and a BS in Biology from Western Washington University.