Matthew C. Roper has been curious about the natural world around him ever since grade school. This natural curiosity was fueled by growing up in the woods behind his house, growing vegetables in the family field, and exploring the wilderness daily. He has always had a love of wanting to know the hows and whys of things, so science quickly became his passion. He now shares this passion as a middle school science teacher in Georgia, where students become their own teachers through their experiences in the natural world, driven by their curiosity. He likes to read and collect books and medieval artifacts, while spending time with his wife, four cats, and two turtles. You can reach Matthew at