Colin moved to Alaska in 1991, leaving later to attend college, then returned to Fairbanks for work in 2001. He earned his BA in geology at the University of Colorado in 1998 and an MS in geochemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000. During his studies, Colin conducted research on mineral surface chemistry at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Georgia Tech. From 2001 to 2008, Colin worked in the field of environmental restoration of contaminated sites with a focus on sampling design, remediation, and evaluating the fate and transport of chemicals in the subsurface and indoor air. Since starting with CCHRC in 2008, Colin has led CCHRC efforts on building science projects, product tests and the development of the Certified Alaska Tough program.