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My self-summary
I recently defended my PhD dissertation, and am currently trying to enjoy some newfound freedom, and also considering my plans of how to finally join the real world. When not caught up in school. I do my best to be as well-rounded as a nerdy 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, and 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.
What I’m doing with my life
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
Discussing/pontificating/debating/arguing. Procrastinating. 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
Height? Eyes? Acerbic Wit?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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 Terry Goodkind.

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!
Six things I could never do without
Reading material
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
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/ unuseful topics.
On a typical Friday night I am
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 trendy ones.
You should message me if
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)!
The two of us