I try to lead an interesting life. By day I'm a marine biologist specialized in ecology and by night I am also a marine biologist specialized in ecology, because I love what I do. Other passions include orchids, sea art, responsible aquarium husbandry, kayaking, chocolate, wild berries, hiking, and French.
I always have at least one project going, usually more. My 15 gallon nano reef aquarium was the coolest, but I had to sell it when I moved to Seattle. You can see pictures in the "More Photos" album. Right now I just have some neat plants.
I like pondering the future of the environment, technology, and society. If you've ever asked yourself whether "natural" is still possible, if it ever existed, and how to engage the public in science, we will have plenty to talk about.
I'm a feminist and LGBT supporter. If you aren't, we won't get along.
Independent and creative, I have little concern for being normal. That person carrying a fig tree on the bus--yeah, that's me.
Also, if you own a fireplace, I can build you the perfect fire. It's kinda dreamy :)
Books: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Tao of Physics, Cod, Salt, Four Fish, The Unnatural History of the Sea, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and any kind of dichotomous key
Music (Artists): The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Ingrid Michaelson, Simon & Garfunkel, Regina Spektor, Queen, Lady Gaga, U2, Lemon Jelly, Led Zeppelin, BTO, Springsteen, Charles Aznavour...
I also think about abstract stuff, like what it means to be happy, what "quality" really is, and how to preserve wilderness in a world full of humans.
Also, if you have a favorite tree and want to show it to me. (Mine is a London Plane on 12th Ave NE just above 41st Street)