I have lived in Portland since 2010. I'm enjoying all that the Pacific NW has to offer. I love to hike, backpack, bike, snowshoe, seek out hot springs, spend time on the many rivers and at the beaches, and to hop from pub to eatery to pub around my North Portland neighborhood. I am pursuing my PhD in conservation ecology, studying endangered butterflies in Oregon and Washington. My husband and I have a lively 1.5 year old German Shepherd mix who loves to go on runs with us as we train for races. My travel fantasy is to build a beautiful studio in my back yard and to swap vacation rentals with folks around the world.