I'm a Michigan native who has always been interested in the natural world, from both technical and aesthetic perspectives. I completed my B.S. in Michigan, took a few years traveling and trying different jobs to decide what I was most interested in, found a great adviser, and reluctantly followed her to Nevada where I completed my M.S. Once here, the beautiful Great Basin won me over and I chose to stay for my Ph.D. -- Reno is a great place to live and situated in a fascinating region for travel and exploration. Aside from science, I enjoy running, camping, fens, Bradbury, schafkopf, hot springs, and, apparently, taking photos.