Music plays a big role in my life. But so do other things that make my mind happy.
I've spent most of my academic and professional life working in the fields of plant ecology, conservation and ethnobiology.
I've played music part-time for a big part of my life. Now, I focus on the accordion and think that this often maligned instrument is making a bold comeback.
I ran NCAA cross country and middle distance track & field once upon a time. My masochistic tendencies have mellowed since then.
I advocate for Lyme disease sufferers and work in raising awareness about this largely ignored epidemic.
Movies: The Last Picture Show, Best in Show (Everything Christopher Guest), Dead Man, Blazing Saddles, Wings of Desire, Coen Bros, David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch, Wes Anderson, Werner Herzog.
Music: Balkan music, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Robert Zimmerman, Taraf de Haidouks, The Magnetic Fields, John Zorn, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Tom Zé, Doc Watson, Tin Hat, Django Reinhardt,