Branden grew up enjoying hunting, fishing, and hiking in the outdoors in Saskatchewan. He is a former teacher from the Saskatoon area. He then returned to school to get his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology, joining the lab in 2017 for an Honour’s project on black bear denning in Saskatchewan’s boreal shield. His Master’s project was on primary productivity’s effect on disturbance-mediated apparent competition for boreal caribou. After some time as an environmental consultant, he is back in the Animal Population Ecology Lab as a Professional Research Associate. He enjoys spending time with his family and dog.