Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I am probably defined most by my interest/career in Environmental
Studies, but I try to be as well-rounded as a grad student can be.
Before going back to school, I spent several years doing field work
both in the US and abroad, studying carnivores like bears in
Yellowstone, jackals and foxes in South Africa, or Ethiopian Wolves
in, you guessed it, Ethiopia. But as much as I love traveling, I've
realized more and more how much I enjoy being back home near good
friends and family. I am in Berkeley writing and house-sitting for
the summer, so I would love to meet people and explore the city
area as much as possible.
What I’m doing with my life
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I am a PhD student studying wildlife conservation. Specifically, my
project involves researching human-lion conflict in Botswana. Since
I am more of a social scientist, I actually study people living
near lions more than I study the lions themselves, but its still
pretty fun. I have spent most of the last 2+ years in Botswana, but
I am back now to write my dissertation, graduate, and hopefully
join the pseudo-real world at some point. In my free time, I love
playing any kind of sport, especially basketball or tennis. A good
friend recently started a microbrewery in Houston (buffalo bayou
brewing company) that many of my friends and I invested in, so I
now have a good excuse to fully embrace my inner beer nerd and
learn more about the craft brewing world.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Shooting 3 pointers with no one playing defense. Listening.
Overcompensating for liberal/white/male/first world guilt. Naming
the 37 species of Canids.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Height? Eyes? Acerbic Wit?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: I Don't read as much for pleasure as I would like these days
due to grad school. My favorite books are a mix of fiction and
non-fiction. Some examples: 1491, Catch 22, The Selfish Gene, The
World According to Garp, Slaughterhouse 5. Bonus: Favorite Concept
for a book that I haven't actually finished- Pale Fire.
Double-Bonus: Worst Book I've ever read- Wizard's First Rule by
Movies: I am a big movie nerd, I do my best to keep up with good
current releases while also slowly catching up with the classics.
Some recent favorites: Chinatown, Side Effects (Love Soderbergh!),
Beasts of the Southern Wilds, The Act of Killing. Some All-Time
Fav's: Big Lebowski, City of God, Taxi Driver, Moon, Star Wars,
Touching the Void, Dr. Strangelove, Children of Men.
TV: The Wire and Breaking Bad are neck and neck for my favorite
show all-time. Also love Arrested Development, old Simpsons, Friday
Night Lights, Louie, etc.
Music: I have totally fallen out of paying attention to new music,
but really would love to be introduced to new good stuff. Some
favorite bands: Elliott Smith, the National, the Dismemberment
Plan, Wolf Parade, The Beatles, The Decemberists, etc.
Food: I love all kinds of food, my favorite is probably Thai food
(with a special spot reserved for Ethiopian since I used to live
there) but I love almost everything. Unfortunately I am a very bad
cook, but that is something else I would love to learn more about!
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Music and Podcasts
Some sort of sport to play (I don't like running so I need some
other way to get exercise)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
How to balance the needs of people and nature. The nature and
meaning of the universe. Movies. Which of two animal species would
win in a hypothetical fight. Other overly intellectual/pretentious/
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Usually at nerdy grad-school happy hour. Main goal is to have some
drinks, have some fun and get out of dodge before undergrads show
up. I vastly prefer hole-in-the-wall or quirky bars to clubby or
You should message me if
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You enjoy overly intellectual conversations. You bring out people's
inner fun. You are open to something serious but not in too big a
hurry to get there. You love a good craft beer (or (non)alcoholic
drink of your choice)!
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