My name's Erica. I grew up in SF, went to college in New York where I managed to snag a B.A. in Psychology plus a teaching degree, neither of which I am currently making any use of. I've decided that while I love working with kids, I am just too damn frustrated with California's educational system slash budget cuts slash lack of entry-level jobs, and so I've decided to pursue a career in science instead. I completed a year long internship at Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute where I had a chance to work with neural stem cells and how they contribute to tumor growth. However, now I'm in a masters program studying conservation biology, and I'm specifically interested in learning about captive breeding programs and how they can be improved upon so that animals raised in captivity can be reintroduced into the wild more successfully.
I like music a lot, both creating it and listening to it; I play piano and a little guitar and I enjoy singing. I like to go to concerts and random events around the city. I like the outdoors and try to spend as much time enjoying it as possible, generally by going hiking, running, biking or camping. I really like gardening and am working on creating a raised garden bed on the patio of my new place in carlsbad.
Also I have been doing some home brewing. It combines my love for science with my love for beer.