Rob Riman passed his youth roaming Lake Michigan’s upland ravines and paddling tributary headwaters of the Mississippi. Following studies in geology, he spent a decade leading expeditions among remote alpine heights and through coastal backwaters from Alaska to Mexico. A subsequent phase in NYC, building traditional wooden boats with urban youth, led him to graduate work and professional pursuits in architecture and sustainable design, later serving as co-founding director of the nonprofit Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET). Today, Rob grounds himself as a place-sourced educator, embracing landful lifeways, while working to decolonize his own learning. Homeschool dad to two semi-feral children, and aspiring student of the protector arts, Rob resides along the shore of a storied former estuary, on traditional territory of the Massachusett and Pawtucket people.