Carl grew up near Arab Alabama, and graduated from Fairview High School in 1979. He began employment with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in August of that same year working with the Lands Management Division on big game restoration projects. After a brief tour of duty trapping and relocating deer and wild turkey he conducted fish creel surveys on Cherokee and Douglas Reservoirs until August 1981. He then transferred to the Buffalo Springs Trout Hatchery in Grainger County where he cultured Rainbow, Brook, Brown, Ochrid, and Lake Trout. Over the next 7 years, he propagated and distributed trout in lakes and streams throughout east Tennessee. Carl has been with the stream survey unit since 1988. He received training in Ichthyology and Aquatic Entomology at the University of Tennessee from Dr. D.A. Etnier in 1990 and 1991. Today, Carl is a Fisheries Technician II, and continues to conduct stream surveys throughout east Tennessee and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on crayfish in the state.