Ground Truth Trekking

Caleb Billmeier, MA

Caleb is a social science researcher, commercial fisherman, and father. He holds a MA in Cross Cultural Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a BA in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington. His interests are in collaborative research projects, ethnography, and traditional knowledge. Raised in coastal Maine, Caleb moved to Alaska in 2005 and has undertaken human powered journeys throughout the state. He and his wife, Kate Hohman-Billmeier, live in Seldovia just up the road from Hig and Erin.

Caleb and Kate organized a project with Ground Truth Trekking to travel under human power around Lake Iliamna in March of 2013 to collect traditional knowledge of seismic events, volcanic activity, and observations of climate change. When not working with gtt, Caleb works as a research consultant and set nets for salmon in Bristol Bay during the summer. He has a daughter, Ada, who is helping her parents homestead on a hillside overlooking Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet.