What is your name?
What do you do at Memorial?
I am a biology graduate student (MSc) in Dr. Ted Miller's lab. I study seabird vocalizations.
What is your favorite aspect of your profession?
My favorite aspect of being a grad student is finally being able to devote all of my time to something I'm passionate about. I get to be nerdy all day without interruption.
What do you consider a career highlight?
I came from Colorado to study seabirds here in Newfoundland. But it turns out that I'm actually studying them on an island in the Pacific Ocean. Traveling is a huge highlight.
If you weren't doing this job, what do you think you'd be doing?
Why did you choose this career?
I chose this path because I always knew that it was what I wanted to do. I grew up on a farm and that spurred my love of animals from the beginning. I also have a great respect for Earth and I would like to contribute to its conservation.
What other interesting jobs have you held?
Besides working on multiple farms, I have been a field research assistant for an entomologist. I worked at two different coal mines reclaiming national forest after drilling had ceased. I also worked as a supervisor at a movie theatre for a couple years.
What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is definitely cheesecake. Above all else.
What are you reading at the moment?
I am currently reading World War Z by Max Brooks in anticipation of the upcoming film. Oh and a ton of scientific literature, of course.
What do you like to do when you are not working?
When I'm not at MUN I love to be outside. Birdwatching, camping, fishing, backpacking. I love the health and fitness world. Also, I write poetry and short fiction.
What historical figure(s) would you like to have lunch with and why?
If I could have lunch with a historical figure, I might choose Frida Kahlo. She is one of my favorite artists and a pioneer in many ways. Also, she had a pet monkey. Who doesn't like that?!
What is the one thing you can't live without?
I would say that the one thing I can't live without is Nutella but I've been existing without it lately, somehow. Instead I might say that sunshine is pretty crucial to my happiness (why, oh why, did I move to Newfoundland?).