Brian Prendergast was born in Buffalo, New York. He went to school at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University where he received a Master’s degree in entomology. He was commissioned in the United States Navy in 1994, as a medical entomologist. He retired in 2014, at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. His duty stations included Alameda, California, Bangor, Washington, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Okinawa, Japan and Norfolk, Virginia. He spent six months in Iraq, where he served as a Preventive Medicine Officer, and seven months in Afghanistan, where he was the Officer in Charge of a Preventive Medicine Detachment. He is currently the Program Manager for Mosquito control at the Maryland Department of Agriculture.