Explore the Outdoors!

About the Outlife Expert Team

My name is Andy and I am the owner of OutlifeExpert.com

Hi I am Andy and I love nature, animals, science and hiking.

I love getting out into the outdoors whatever it entails. I like hiking multi-day trails in the mountains as well as shorter weekend trips and going bird watching in the local forest.

I love animals, plants, microbes, and everything in between, but of all animals, birds will always have a special place in my heart! 

Me and my partner, Julia, are both extremely fascinated by animals and being in nature. We both have a background in biology and hold Ph.D. degrees in different fields of biological sciences. Julia, an avid ornithologist with a PhD, is a passionate blog author and editor at OutlifeExpert.

With her keen eye for detail and love for the outdoors, she delves into the intricate world of wildlife, unraveling the fascinating dynamics of complex ecosystems through her research and bird-watching adventures.So sometimes the content on this blog might get a bit nerdy! 😉

For example, did you know that there is a sea slug that makes photosynthesis to obtain energy just like plants do? Fascinating right!

As much as we like our daily jobs as scientists, we love to do research on all topics related to animal life and the outdoors.

We made this blog to foster our love of disseminating our knowledge and experiences.

I work my day job as a scientist in a microbiology lab and Julia does her research in macroecology and the evolution of larger animal species.

We both teach regularly and this site helps bring some of our knowledge to a broader audience and some of the posts on this site are actually used more or less directly as course material for our students!

Another goal of this blog is also that you will be able to find all the information you need to have a great time outdoors!

We have written about some of our favorite pieces of equipment for hiking, bird watching etc. that help make those trips a bit more fun! Especially, we spend a ton of time researching the best cheap, but top quality, tents to bring hiking!

Here you will find everything from hiking advice and gear reviews to curious facts about animals and the natural world!

Hopefully, you will find everything you need to know to learn about and enjoy life outdoors – whether its your own or that of the millions of fascinating species inhabiting this earth!

Feel free to contact us via the contact page if you have any questions or feedback!


Andy and Julia

Writers and contributors

Of course we cannot undertake all the writing ourselves and some topics are better covered by writers with more experience and expertise in certain topics.

So we collaborate with writers to get you the best information on the topics on our site.

Björn Larsen

Björn L.

Björn Larsen is a passionate outdoorsman and the vibrant voice behind OutlifeExpert.com. Hailing from Norway, Björn’s love affair with the mountains and fjords began in his childhood, shaping his deep connection with nature.

With a heart that thrives amidst the wild, he finds solace in exploring the vast expanse of the great outdoors. Björn’s summers are filled with exhilarating hikes, traversing breathtaking landscapes and uncovering hidden gems.

When winter blankets the land, he effortlessly glides down slopes, fueled by the adrenaline of skiing and snowboarding. Björn’s insatiable thirst for adventure and his commitment to preserving the natural world make him an invaluable guide in the realm of outdoor exploration.

He writes mainly about wildlife, hiking and winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding.

William Johns

William J.

William Johns is a passionate biologist and field working scientist, dedicated to exploring and unraveling the mysteries of tropical ecosystems.

As a blog author for OutlifeExpert.com, he shares his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for nature. With a keen focus on animals, their diets, and ecological roles, William dives deep into the fascinating world of wildlife, bringing readers closer to the wonders of the natural realm.

Through his captivating writing style and insightful observations, he unveils the curiosities that make each creature unique, offering readers a captivating journey through the intricacies of our planet’s diverse ecosystems.

William writes mainly about animals, ecosystems and sometimes gives great hiking or bikepacking advice!

Ben Thomsen

Ben T.

Ben Thomsen is a passionate marine biologist and a seasoned diver with over 500 dives under his belt.

As an esteemed blog author for OutlifeExpert.com, he delves deep into the captivating world of marine animals. With his extensive knowledge and expertise, Ben specializes in shedding light on the intricate details of marine creatures’ diets, their ecological role, and other fascinating facts.

Been on a recent dive in the Philippines,

Through his engaging and informative writing, he invites readers to explore the mesmerizing wonders of the underwater realm. With each article, Ben aims to inspire conservation efforts and foster a greater understanding of the vital role marine life plays in our planet’s ecosystem.

Thanks for stopping by!

My name is Andy and I hold a Ph.D. in biology and engineering. I am the owner and main contributor to the site.
Julia – Editor in Chief at OutlifeExpert.com

Julia, an avid hobby ornithologist with a PhD. She is also passionate blog author and editor at OutlifeExpert.com. With her keen eye for detail and love for the outdoors, she delves into the intricate world of wildlife, unraveling the fascinating dynamics of complex ecosystems through her research and bird-watching adventures.

The OutlifeExpert team!

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