I'm a research scientist and adjunct professor of ecology living in Texas, though I've called New Jersey, Rhode Island, London, and many parts of California home at various times.
I'm passionate about my work doing research on species and ecosystems and helping build better conservation, management and policy and I love the juggle of maintaining my optimism and high expectations while facing the pratical realities of our world and I'm a super nerd at heart who is not embarrased to be listening to podcasts about physics or philosophy while I work out.
I'm a kinetic person- I love running, swimming, hiking, weight training. I'm not terribly good at sitting still except over a good meal or good book. I'm a stubbornly dedicated daily bike commuter even in 105+ degree Texas summers. Im pretty lighthearted, sometimes silly, and young at heart and students who know me from other contexts are usually confused to hear I'm going to be teaching their class.
Im a huge fan of quirky indie and foreign movies- my netflix recommendations alway have weird categories like gritty french and italian thrillers or mroe predictably fight-the-system documentaries. I love exploring new places on foot and public transport and finding little surprises off the tourist beaten path: art museums, finding a great coffee shop to settle into (one place I can sit still!), local favorite places to eat (Im a food-loving vegetarian).
I always travel with: a pair of sneakers to explore the city on the run, and I run slow but stubborn enough I see quite a bit along the way, a travel mug to stop in a local cafe for a cup of tea and to soak up the local ambiance, my laptop to keep up with the trials and tribulations of my job doing endangered species research, and a sturdy day pack to head out for a day exploring.