Jan has loved birds since she was a little girl. She studied biology in college and graduate school, focusing on ecology and the mating system of Mountain Bluebirds.
She teaches biology at the College of Southern Idaho, where she teaches Ecology, Environmental Science, and Science, Literature, and the Environment. Her students study questions about bird life on the CSI campus.
She has been a member of the Audubon Society for years and participates in Christmas Bird Counts, winter raptor surveys, and birding for fun.