I have loved science, specifically biology, since I was in 4th grade and Mr. Talbert introduced the concept that plants have sex: they have egg and sperm! It was titallating at that age, and inspired me to begin finding out more interesting things about the world around me.
I received my Ph.D. in Zoology and Genetics from Iowa State University in 1997, then began teaching at a small liberal arts college in far-away Oregon. My family and I were immediately enamored by the beauty in our new home state. From the Pacific with its tidepools and temperate rain-forests to the high chaparral and desert on the east-side, we have peered into many of Oregon’s nooks and crannies.
I am currently an educator at a community college, and also a graduate student (again) working towards a Master’s in Natural Resources at Oregon State University. I also enjoy participating in citizen science activities such as amphibian egg mass surveys, turtle surveys, BudBurst with Hoyt Arboretum, and will begin acting as a Metro Seed Scout.