My Mission: To help people become more engaged in biodiversity conservation and live a lifestyle that optimizes physical and mental health.
I am a healthcare project manager, conservation biologist, and a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor who also happens to be a freelance writer and author of two books. Yes, I’ve jumped around a bit over the course of my career!
I’m also a travel junkie. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to over 100 countries (22 on business) and all 50 U.S. States, and I’m a member of the Travelers’ Century Club.
My formal education includes a BS in Biology (pre-med) from the University of Notre Dame, MS in Biology (concentrations in behavioral ecology and medical physiology) from Creighton University, and MBA (concentrations in Natural Resource & Environmental Management and Operations Management) from the University of Texas at Austin. I’ve been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2005 and I also have certifications in Copywriting (AWAI Copywriter Certification) and Sustainability Reporting (GRI).
I’m the author of two highly-rated books (How to Fail at Life: Lessons for the Next Generation and Profitable Conservation: Business Strategies That Boost Your Bottom Line, Protect Wildlife, and Conserve Biodiversity), and have published over 50 blog posts and articles related to ecotourism, wildlife conservation, health and fitness, and travel.
As a lifelong athlete, I played competitive soccer from ages 5 – 25, followed by two decades of trail running, mountain climbing, and triathlons. Today, I still work part-time as a certified personal trainer and certified yoga instructor, specializing in senior fitness, corrective exercise, and fitness nutrition. I am also a volunteer Ambassador and Docent-in-training at the ABQ BioPark.
On a personal note, I live in the mountains outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I enjoy spending time with my 16-year-old son and 1-year old Irish Wolfhound.
Thanks for your interest!
Mark Aspelin, MS, MBA, PMP
Nature, health, and travel expert Mark Aspelin (www.mark-aspelin.com) is a freelance writer who specializes in wildlife and biodiversity conservation, ecotourism, and health and fitness. Mark is the author two highly-rated books (How to Fail at Life: Lessons for the Next Generation and Profitable Conservation: Business Strategies That Boost Your Bottom Line, Protect Wildlife, and Conserve Biodiversity) and has published over 50 blog posts and articles. He has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame, M.S. in Biology from Creighton University, MBA with concentrations in Natural Resource and Environmental Management and Operations Management from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer with specialist certifications in senior fitness, corrective exercise, weight loss, and fitness nutrition from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Mark has ten years of experience working as a conservation biologist, corporate environmental manager, and consultant with organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, The International Crane Foundation, and The Coca-Cola Company, and over ten years of experience working as a healthcare and health IT project manager for organizations such as United HealthGroup, Molina Healthcare, and DaVita Medical Group. He is also an Ambassador and Docent-in-training at the ABQ BioPark. Mark has extensive travel experience: he has traveled to over 100 countries, all 50 U.S. States, and is a member of the Travelers’ Century Club. His articles and interviews have been featured by GreenBiz, Inside EPA, Perceptive Travel, and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation’s Half-Earth Project.