I studied screenwriting and film production, anthropology and biology, history and sociology. I'm a bit of a polymath. I nearly completed my PhD in evolutionary biology but switched topics and countries. I am now completing a dissertation on the intersection between evolutionary biology and politics in England, Europe, and Russia in the nineteenth century.
If I'm not engaged in a writing or research project I enjoy stimulating conversations about science, politics, history, and geek culture. I love backpacking trips and being in the outdoors but tend to enjoy a good breakfast and hot coffee a little bit more. To this day one of my favorite passages ever written is from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden where he describes an epic battle between ants in Concord, an injured soldier limping forward as the still living heads of his enemies cling to his legs and thorax “like ghastly trophies at his saddle-bow.” Thoreau helped fugitive slaves to escape while he mused on the wonder and strange beauty of the natural world. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.