A native of upstate SC, Rocky holds a B.S. in Biology from Furman University, an M.Ed. in Natural Science Education from Converse College, and a Ph.D. in Zoology/Ecology from Clemson University. He is currently Associate Professor of Biology at Anderson University in Anderson, SC. In addition to academic interests and various outdoor pursuits, Rocky espouses the therapeutic value of nature and is the founder of Carolina Wilderness Renewal, a project to lead stress management workshops and outings for those in high-stress helping professions where burnout is high. He currently resides in Seneca, SC.