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My self-summary
Professoring in Cambridge. Teaching, research, traveling, and enjoying life both in the city and all over New England with family and friends. I'm from a small town in CT, but have lived most of my adult life around Boston. Looking forward this year to trips to Alberta, Paris, and Death Valley. Lately life has been a nonstop adventure, and its one that's more fun to share.
What I’m doing with my life
I study how microbe evolution relates to planetary history and climate change, and what the Earth was like billions of years ago.
I’m really good at
Making sense of phylogenetic trees. Home remodeling (I've flipped 3 houses so far under varying circumstances). Public speaking. Cooking. Painting without using that blue tape. Throwing together weekend adventures. Mario Kart.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably that if I'm outside, I'm wearing sunglasses. I have very pale blue eyes and would rather not be squinting all the time.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love reading and I tend to stick to the classics. Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Bernard Cornwell, and Edgar Rice Burroughs are some of my favorites, and I'm a big Tolkien fan. I also just finished Moby Dick and loved it. That is probably my favorite classic novel. I recently rescued an early 20th century set of Dickens left at a transfer station, and have started to slowly make my way through.

I like all kinds of movies. I love science fiction and fantasy, especially the classics and low-budget cult films. Trash Night at the Brattle is amazing. I'm a bit behind in my TV, but everyone tells me I'd love Stranger Things and Black Mirror. Supernatural, Star Trek, Hell on Wheels are some of my favorites. I just finished the first two seasons of Rick & Morty. If you are a fan, we'll get along just fine.

I like all kinds of food, but am happiest on the beach with a plate of oysters or tuna tartare, or in a pub with an oatmeal stout and an irish beef stew.
Six things I could never do without
six varieties of avocado toast.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How incredibly old, complex, and amazing life and the planet is, and how to communicate this awe to both students and the public. Historical processes and path-dependence. If there is a selfish motive to all the legos I buy my nephew...
On a typical Friday night I am
No "typical" Friday night here. I might be having dinner with friends, visiting family in Maine, watching a movie, working on a house project, or starting a weekend trip someplace.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't actually live where my profile says. I live further up the North Shore, but work and spend a lot of time in Cambridge and Somerville.

I am the only adult I know with perfect vision. Given how much time I spend staring at computer screens this is a near-miracle.
You should message me if
you are passionate about your career and interests, and understand those demands in others as well, yet value a healthy work/life balance. Curiosity, independence, a sense of humor, and a taste for adventure are important to me. You want to spend a day at a museum or outdoors, and a night outside by a fire or inside with a movie.
The two of us