Carter grew up in Traverse City, and he has a great appreciation for the forests, wetlands, and sand dunes of Northern Michigan. He graduated from Florida Southern College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He went on to work for the Glen Lake Association as an Invasive Species Watercraft Inspector, and then for the Nature Conservancy as a Dune Restoration Specialist. He also worked as the Social Media Strategist for the nonprofit organization Rainforest Connection.
In 2017 he graduated with Merit from Oxford Brookes University with a Master of Science degree in Primate Conservation. For his research project, he traveled to the rainforest of Indonesian Borneo where he studied orangutans. He then traveled to the Peruvian Amazon, where he worked as the Mammal Research Coordinator at the Las Piedras Amazon Center. During this time, he studied spider monkeys and used camera traps to study jaguars and other mammals. He hopes to return to the Peruvian Amazon soon.
Carter spends his free time gardening, hiking, camping, kayaking, mushroom foraging, and playing tennis and table tennis.