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My self-summary
Grateful for this brief moment of consciousness during my stellar journey, I am boundlessly joyful and crave knowing this wonderful life, through many adventures, stories, flavors, books, and images. Endlessly drawn to nature and culture, I relish the opportunity to learn and experience how others live, adapt, survive, and often thrive among the suffering and daunting challenges we face as a global community.

My interests are diverse and deeply rooted: sustainability, education, science communication, pharmacology, integrative health, systems biology, design, ecology, urban ecology, interactivity, food systems, soil, neuroscience, climate science, food science, nutrition, social justice, botany, quantum mechanics, zymurgy, renewable energy, permaculture, alternative transportation, percussion, disc golf, canoeing, backpacking, hiking, biking, trail running, backcountry skiing, ski racing, snow science, art, and architecture...I am liking of the things.

For those of you that get your Myers-Briggs on, INFJ or INFP depending on the test.
What I’m doing with my life
I am a scientist, skeptic, communicator, upstreamist, entrepreneur, skier, coach, yogi, zymurgist, foodie, gardener, photographer, and conservationist - lover of fun things - a champion of sustainability and all that is good.
I’m really good at
Cooking (playing w/ my food,) skiing, photography, dressing for anything, nerding out (I'll disappear into the library for days,) working with my hands, connecting disparate ideas, finding beauty and awe in the everyday. Oh, and spoiling the hell out of my dog Ursa Major, she's kind of a big deal.
The first things people usually notice about me
My fantastic ability to reach items off the top shelf in the grocery store.

I can be a bit passionate and get carried away, so please stop me before I go down the rabbit hole of science in civil company. I don't see the blank stares of, WTF is he talking about.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
For a complete list, set aside a few days, months, years. My tastes also change w/ the seasons. (Top ~5?)

Trees: Quaking Aspen ((Populus tremuloides) How can other trees hope to compete with one of the oldest living organisms on earth? Send in the clones, the golden rustling clones), Monkey Puzzle (Araucaria araucana), Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicate), Western Juniper (Juniperus occidentals)

Edible Plants: Hops (don't even get me started, unless you REALLY want to know about the diverse and novel bioactivities of Humulus lupulus L.), the whole damn genus Brassica, Nasturtiums, Turmeric, Lowbush Blueberry

Books: Cradle to Cradle, On Food and Cooking, A Sand County Almanac, Ecopsychology, This Idea Must Die

Inspirations: Carl Sagan, Stephen Schneider, Aldo Leopold, James Lovelock, Margaret Mead, Ferran Adrià, Eleanor Roosevelt

Music (according to my last.fm for the past month): deadmau5 | Purity Ring | Sarah Vaughan | Tame Impala |Nina Simone

Accessory Noise: Design Matters w/ Debbie Millman, Tara Brach, RadioLab, random animal/nature sounds on http://macaulaylibrary.org/ ...

Shows: Horizon, Cosmos, The Daily Show, John Oliver, GOT

Movies: Mononoke-hime, Moonrise Kingdom, Almost Famous, O' Brother Where Art Though, The Grand Hotel Budapest

Food: I'll consume and enjoy just about anything, but whenever possible I think it's important to cultivate my own ingredients or at a minimum support local producers who promote and practice ecological agriculture.

Beverages: Camellia sinensis, Craft/Homebrewed Beer, Cider, Wine, Whiskey


“It may be that when we no longer know which way to go that we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” - Wendell Berry

“It is almost banal to say so yet it needs to be stressed continually: all is creation, all is change, all is flux, all is metamorphosis.” - Henry Miller
The six things I could never do without
Pencil & Paper | Nook | Waterproof Shoes | Laughter | Adventure | Water In All Its States of Matter | Camera

Lucky number seven.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to bring happiness, compassion, health, and adventure into my life and that of others. I also spend a good portion of my time thinking about what I can do better/differently and considering the world more systemically.

What's for dinner, no honestly I think about food a lot.

Urban ecology, green building, Passivhaus, and how we can live BIG, while building SMALL.

Mountains, gosh I spend a lot of time thinking about mountains, and the forces that create and sculpt them.

Trying to appreciate and understand the web of molecular and quantum interactions that make up our perceived experience. Chaos.

The reality that is my current tennis game and flexibility. To think I used to be able to do the splits without thinking.

Lately, being disillusioned with the progress that we as a society are making towards sustainability, equality, peace, and justice.
On a typical Friday night I am
Friday's could find me anywhere. But, there are a few common themes; adventure, beer, fire, biking, cooking, music, play, deep conversation, reading, making.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am constantly finding myself at odds between my desire to be a global citizen and early adopter of new technologies, and my commitment to a low-carbon future.

Antiques, particularly cast iron pans, beer steins, and camera equipment are a weakness.

I'm really looking forward to trying out a hiking kilt this summer. Bring on the airflow and free movement.
You should message me if
You made it all the way through my beast of a profile and still want to share an adventure, big or small.

You should be:

Down w/ feminism
Unafraid of getting dirty
Comfortable w/ sharing your opinions
Accepting of yourself & others
A steward of the Earth
Looking for an equal
A keen observer

Honestly, adventure is everywhere and I'm looking for good people to revel in this brief and wondrous stellar dance we all find ourselves a part of. Forged from nothing, you, me, and everything we know are gaining entropy, constantly changing and being rebuilt thanks to quantum probabilities. Let us build something awesome.