I just moved to the area and started a new job at a university until I find a permanent professor position somewhere. So I’m not exactly “settled”, but I’ve been saying that for years now and love waits for no man…or something like that. So here I am on the World Wide Web broadcasting a signal for a fun, intelligent, attractive woman who appreciates that the simple things are actually the finer things in life. One who’s skeptical and argumentative, but occasionally sweet, and is possibly equally comfortable being sweaty and dirty as she is dressed up for a nice night out. More than anything I’m looking for a woman who gets me, and I want to get her too. I’m talking about the sort of comfort level where you can just look at each other without talking and everything is just right with the world.
My work involves research in the outdoors and the conservation of wildlife, so I have a pretty strong environmental ethic. However, I don’t own a single piece of tie-dye clothing. I take a lot of enjoyment in my work and that’s where most of my time and energy goes these days. I used to be an avid outdoor athlete (lots of climbing, skiing, kayaking, etc.) but for the most part I’m in retirement due to the demands of my job. If that’s your thing, good on ya, but just know that it’s unlikely I’m your next adventure partner. I’ll enjoy hearing your stories though. I still try to stay in shape. I enjoy international travel and have had the good fortune to do so for my research (mostly Central America).
What I’m doing with my life
Scientific research in wildlife ecology and evolutionary biology.
If you don’t know what that is, I’m happy to explain it to you
sometime if you’re interested. For a mental image, sometimes I’m in
a laboratory with a white coat and goggles on, sometimes I’m in the
rainforest traipsing around covered in mud, but mostly I’m sitting
in front of a computer trying to learn some new program and banging
my head against the desk. My work has a great balance of different
challenges and I love it.
The first things people usually notice about me
I literally have no idea. I’m tall-ish. My grandfather taught me
how to be charming and I think he did a pretty good job. Lots of
people think I’m funny. I only say that because they tend to laugh
at what I say, but I guess it’s possible they might be laughing at
me. I’m also a good listener and I love good conversation. I ask
people a lot of questions while I’m getting to know them, sometimes
to the point of cross-examining them. If this makes you
uncomfortable, just ask me questions right back.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love music and play a few different instruments, but I haven’t
been feeling very inspired by anything I’m hearing these days. I
keep coming back to The Black Keys. When I walk down the street
“The Desperate Man” plays in the background. All-time favorites
include: Ryan Adams, Wilco, Cake, Steve Earle, Colin Hay, Calexico,
James McMurtry, Neil Young, Gillian Welch, blah, blah, blah. I love
movies and probably see one a week. I also love going out to eat. I
think most TV is garbage, but some of it I love! Current favorites
include Archer, Louie, Breaking Bad, and I watch The Daily Show
compulsively. You don’t want to know what I’m reading. All
nonfiction and mostly technical scientific stuff.
The six things I could never do without
an internet connection (ok, but only if I'm in the
The contradictory nature of this list is not lost on me.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My research. I totally get the whole “absent-minded professor”
thing now. Seriously, I’ve zoned out and run red lights. Also, how
there seems to be so few good people in politics. Why it’s so hard
to make a good movies despite spending millions of dollars. Why I
can’t embrace using one space after a period.
On a typical Friday night I am
I’m in a new town and don’t really have much of a social life yet.
Friday nights these days typically include making dinner and
unwinding after a long week with some TV or God forbid…wait for
it…video games. That’s right, I admitted it. I know, sexy right?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m afraid I might be boring. But who knows, maybe I’m just your
kind of boring!
You should message me if
You’re some combination of good looking, fit, smart, well-educated, or self-confident...you’re interested in lots of different things and like talking about them, like politics, the environment, art, philosophy, and all the other things in life worth knowing about...you don’t object to occasionally wearing a dress...you think scientists are sexy and get hot hearing about esoteric research ideas...you don’t hold it against someone if they use the Oxford comma.