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My self-summary
I love to explore the world - to seek the wonder in nature, to hike the hills and dive the depths, to learn about different cultures, to experience the local haps in faraway places. So much to explore...

Science, education, and sustainability are my passions and my calling. I am working to balance all of these within my career.

Creative outlets: music, photography, building stuff. Music is my big hobby - love to play, love to listen, love to sing along at full volume when I don't think anyone is listening. Alas, I still tend to get nervous playing for actual human beings, but I'm working on getting over it.

I think I'm generally pretty easy-going. I laugh equally loudly at nerdy intellectual humor, terrible puns, surreal jokes, and weird things little kids say. I am great at messing up punchlines.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently researching ocean health issues, after a career of teaching high school science. I'm very much enjoying learning new viewpoints on environmental issues, while enjoying the sun, sea, and sky of Santa Barbara!

I will be starting a PhD program at UCSB in the fall, focusing on environmental economics and how inequality affects our ability to manage environmental resources. I am very excited to have the opportunity to dive deep into these important issues!
I’m really good at
finding my way around foreign lands, occasionally getting lost on purpose just for the adventure.
cooking, especially Italian and Mexican, though a little wine always makes the food taste better.
knowing useless facts, which makes me a helpful asset on a pub trivia team
making things, building things, and taking things apart to figure out how they work, and I am pretty good at getting them put back together with a minimum of pieces left over.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Reading: Nerdy non-fiction, dystopian sci fi, epic adventure, clever mysteries. Science, New York Times, The Onion. Lately, most of my reading is about environmental science, behavioral economics, and quantum physics... I recently enjoyed Ready Player One, which is like Hunger Games for children of the 80's, and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell, which is like Harry Potter for Jane Austen fans.

Listening: A lot of AltIndieAmericana bluegrassy singer-songwritery stuff these days, but sometimes the mood calls for the Pixies full blast. Current faves include Margaret Glaspy, Honeysuckle, and Margot & the Nuclear So-and-Sos. Always looking for new favorites. I've also been getting into podcasts recently, with Freakonomics and 99% Invisible as current faves.

Eating: things that are red/spicy, green/healthy, cheesy/delicious. Mostly veg, with the occasional sustainable seafood or meat
Six things I could never do without
Paper & pencil for drawing, writing, doodling
music in any form
creative projects
access to nature
friends & family
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Science! does this make me a nerd? yeah, pretty much.
Travel! Where will my next adventure take me, and how awesome is the marine life there?
Music! pretty much always playing softly in the back of my mind… it's like a free radio station all the time.
Apocalypse! How can I save the world from global warming/neutrino bombardment/zombie infestation?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I scold spiders whenever I have to rescue them from my bathtub. They really should know better.
You should message me if are more optimist than pessimist embrace your nerdy/creative side are liable to occasionally burst into song, or at least hum along to yourself when no one is looking have a secret plan to make the world a better place
If you think we might have some interesting things in common, let's grab some coffee or hit up a happy hour somewhere!
The two of us