About Matt

A photo of me, taken by my wife.

Welcome to Mineral2.com, the internet home of Matthew Singer. I am a photographer, a naturalist, and a doctoral student at the University of Idaho. This website is my personal and professional place on the web. From here you will be able to browse my photography portfolio, order prints and books, and keep up with my latest adventures and experiences. So have a look around and enjoy my world.

Born in San Antonio, Texas in 1982, I spent most of my life growing up in the small town of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. With family spread across the continent, travel quickly became a major part of my life. I’ve been told that my first experience in an airplane was at 2 months of age, but I can’t recall anything that far back. All I know is that growing up, I got to visit a lot of places and it’s only recently and coincidentally that I started returning to these places as an adult.

Many of our vacations involved trips to national parks and other natural attractions, so I suppose I got my experience in the outdoors from the get go as well. I started collecting rocks and fossils as far back as first grade when I first found Brachypods in the rocks in my neighborhood. It wasn’t until high school that I really took a serious appreciation for the natural world. I began hiking, identifying flowers, insects, and trees, and photographing the nature and landscapes that I grew up around. When I graduated, I left for Drew University in the great state of New Jersey and in 2004, left with a B.A. in Biology. Since then I traveled around the country working as an environmental educator giving back my love and knowledge of the outdoors to young school children and hopefully planting the seed for outdoor exploration in a new generation.

In 2010, I left the world of outdoor education and joined the doctoral program in biology at the University of Idaho. I’ll be studying ecology, evolution, and animal behavior with some of the finest experts in the field and someday, I’ll have the opportunity to enrich the lives of college students who wish to expand their knowledge of the Earth’s natural systems.

Whether working or on my own time, I enjoy the great outdoors. I’ll almost always be out on a trail climbing a mountain or looking for birds, or just exploring a habitat. I’ll even go out for multi-day expeditions to get away from civilization. I love to travel and visit different cultures and natural habitats. I spent a semester in Australia and have also been to London, Scotland, Ireland, and Belize as well as many places around the United States and Canada.

What is “mineral2?”

Mineral2 has been my web presence since my first AOL screen name. There are so many Matt Singer’s out in the world, that finding user names associated with my actual name is nearly impossible. So, I’ve kept the mineral2 identity ever since. The name comes from my rock and mineral collecting hobby. I used to be more into it, and since creating my name, I’ve added many other pursuits to my list of interest that many people don’t realize I still maintain my rock collection.

Roman Nose Lakes

Upper Roman Nose Lake with Roman Nose peak rising behind it.

Last year, I tried to take my family up to Harrison Lake to enjoy a true alpine zone. When we got close, we saw that the lake had been closed due to problematic bear activity. I would have still been ok hiking up there, but my parents were wary, so we came up with an alternative: Roman Nose. There used to be a road connecting the Pack River to Roman Nose lakes on the other side of the ridge. That road is no longer passable except by ATV or mountain bike. We found that out the hard way. On the … Continue reading

Grandmother and Grandfather Mountains

Wildflowers blooming in the meadow on Grandmother Mountain.

Since my daughter was born a month ago, I haven’t been able to get out and stretch my legs on the trail. So when an opportunity came along to go hiking, I jumped at it. The past few weeks had been miserably hot, even to the point where escaping into the high elevations wouldn’t provide refuge from the heat. However, since nights were cool, the early morning hours were a pleasant time to be outside. So one morning, CJ and I hit up Spud Hill in Deary and made it down just in time for the heat to make life uncomfortable. … Continue reading