The one thing I am passionate about...
I am passionate about music, dancing, people, and the natural world. My friendships and my interactions with people through music, dancing, and time outside keep me centered and energized. In my professional life, I am excited about research and teaching in ecology as a way to connect and communicate with people and work toward a healthier world.
I typically spend my leisure time
Dancing, playing guitar, traveling, reading, being outside... when the swing band starts playing or the fiddle strikes up, I can't sit still. I love to talk about the latest NPR story while hiking up a mountain or cross-country skiing through a quiet glade. I love to connect with friends and the people I meet when I travel; my favorite trip so far has been a bicycle tour of Ireland, where people went out of their way to show me bike-friendly routes and to let me camp in their backyards. And sometimes it's nice to just relax; leisurely weekend breakfasts are a great way to wake up on a sunny morning...
The most influential person in my life has been
I would like to connect with a kind, caring, positive person who wants to share laughter, feelings, and thoughts about life, the universe, and everything in between.
The first thing people notice about me
When I first meet people, I think they tend to notice my interest in who they are, what they think, and what is important to them. Connecting with people gives me a better understanding of the world through others' perspectives.
The last book I read and enjoyed
I recently reread Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, which is a comedy of daily life set in England in the early 1800s. I love the humor of the characters' personalities and the wittiness of their dialogue. Jane Austen was a master at humorous commentary on the quirks of daily life in her era. I also read science fiction, mysteries, other fiction... I'm in a constant battle with myself to try to read more of the classics and more non-fiction, but I read so much science at work that I tend to look for lighter reading at home to balance things out.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- Love and support from family and friends
- Opportunities to study, learn, and experience new things
- Health and peace of mind
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
I would like people to see the determination underlying my positive view of the world.
Friends Describe me as
Genuine, Hard Working, Intelligent, Perceptive
A little more about me
Recently I've been thinking about whether a "soul mate" should be instantly recognizable, or whether that kind of bond only develops over time... I'm starting to think it's a much more complex question than I used to believe. Maybe love (like so many things) is more about the journey than the destination. I think it's interesting that so many of us are out here looking for something that's so hard to define...