Personal & Blog

Hometown:  Lyme, NH, USA

Non-Scientific Passions: Mountains, snow, finding new places, tasty food

I wish I had more time to: Ski, read books

Life-changing experiences: Ski racing full-time for two years as part of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project; spending two years traveling Europe and making friends with classmates from around the world in the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolution

Favorite Places to Ski: Dorchester, NH, USA; Sjusjøen, Norway; Font Romeu, France

Favorite Places for hiking/trekking: White Mountains, NH, USA; Trondelag & Northern Scandinavia, Sweden & Norway; Graubünden & Engadin, Switzerland; Rocky Mountains, USA & Canada

Blogging: I have a personal blog – please check it out! I sometimes write about science and academia; you can find a collection of those posts here. The rest of my blog is devoted to what I do in my personal time, and includes a lot of writing and photos from travel.

Writing: Down the road, when I’m an “established” scientist or at least have a steady job, I’d really like to write about science for the general public. After all, it was Jonathan Weiner’s book The Beak of the Finch (about Peter and Rosemary Grant) which spurred me to go back to school and get my masters degree. Communicating the fun, cool, and fascinating parts of our job as scientists is vitally important to establishing a general public that understands the value of science. We can’t just communicate our results in dry, dense text in research journals that might or might not be picked up (and/or misrepresented) by the media, but will certainly never be read by your average citizen.

Here’s a list of a few of my favorite books of this sort. And here’s a sample of some of my writing.

At the moment, I also work part-time as the editor-at-large for the ski website FasterSkier.com. As part of the job I get to travel to a few World Cup level competitions each year for onsite-race coverage – the highlight of my career with them was a trip to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia! Besides the day-to-day of ski racing, I focus on sports science, doping, and governance. Besides being fun, writing on a regular basis makes it a lot easier to sit down and write a manuscript when publication time comes around because I’m not intimidated by a blank page anymore!