After finishing his B.A. at Prescott College, Colin worked as a Crop Curator at Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson, and Patagonia, Arizona, and as a biologist in an environmental consulting firm in San Diego, California.
He then went on to complete his Masters in 'Conservation and Utilisation of Plant Genetic Resources' at the University of Birmingham, UK. This experience opened the opportunity to work in Rome within the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, for the Global Crop Diversity Trust. Colin is currently working on a new Trust project, while pursuing a Ph.D. with Wageningen University (The Netherlands), conducting research at CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture, based in Colombia) on the conservation of the wild relatives of crops.