About Me

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. We have explored it by hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking, and driving. 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 continuous student of the world around me. I am able to attend the many fantastic science seminars in the Portland area sponsored by great organizations, like OMSI’s Science Pub, Science on Tap, Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, and more. You will find me at seminars, at purusing books at a Powell’s Bookstore, looking for agates on the beach, counting amphibian egg-masses on citizen science surveys, pointing a camera at an eagle on a limb, paddling my kayak in a nearby river or lake, or dusting the trails up on Mount Hood.