Born and raised in western Colorado, Daven moved to Alaska in 2005 and has called it home ever since. His reverence for wild, raw lands and rich, clean water led him to spending 3 years as a park ranger in Yellowstone National Park, and 4 more as a Tongass National Forest ranger on Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska, home to the highest concentration of brown (grizzly) bears in the world. Feeling most comfortable in wild places and around large carnivores, Daven has also worked in regions with high densities of polar bears, gray and arctic wolves, African lions, and African wild dogs (painted wolves).
For as long as he can remember, Daven has held a deep reverence for the human interconnection with the natural world and our responsibility to tread lightly. Having grown up in a subsistence hunting family, Daven has great respect for those who directly depend upon their wild surroundings for their way of life. In addition to working as a Polar Regions guide and a ranger/researcher, he has served as the communications director for a clean water and indigenous rights advocacy organization in Alaska, where he spent substantial time in remote indigenous villages and produced several award-winning mini-documentaries on wild Pacific salmon and the various cultures they sustain.
Daven has guided on nearly 30 polar expeditions, and this is his third season in the Arctic. His favorite thing about the Arctic is its immaculately clean fresh and marine water environments and the wildlife they sustain. Daven holds his 100-ton inland Master Captain’s license, and loves custom carpentry and his dog, Charlie. His favorite animal is the caribou. He calls southeast Alaska home.