Matt Bergles is a Colorado native who grew up in Pueblo, Colorado, where he worked in the steel mill and played football before graduating from South High School and CSU-Pueblo with a bachelor’s degree in social science. Matt earned his master’s degree in U.S. history and Ph.D. in public affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver, as well as a certificate in alternative dispute resolution from the University of Denver. His doctoral studies focused on the effects of agricultural practices and suburban and exurban sprawl on wildlife. His dissertation researched how government programs influence ranchers to proactively conserve endangered species on their land.
Matt currently teaches at a K-8 private school in Denver, where he has witnessed firsthand young, inner-city kids’ curiosity and love of animals and nature. He’s observed that every time the children are asked what community service project or charitable cause they’d like to be involved with, most of the K-3 students pick something related to domestic animals or wildlife. This natural love and curiosity for animals and nature is what led Matt to write Larry Saves the Prairie for young children.
Matt is an independent researcher and advocate for wildlife conservation, especially conservation of prairie habitat. Additionally, he is a mediator for Community Mediation Concepts, a non-profit mediation firm that works to solve civic disputes.
Matt lives in Denver with his wife, Kate, two children, Luke and Mary, and dog Samuel. He is a volunteer coach, a private pilot, and has helped teach his teenage son to fly.