A tree-hugger by nature and a marine biologist by trade, I'm grateful that I have opportunities to travel for both work and fun. I find that when I go long stints stationary, I feel a little empty. Experiencing different cultures, exploring new places, and meeting new people reminds me of how big the world is and how many great people and landscapes make it remarkable. It inspires me to be a better person. However, I also thrive on dropping roots and engaging in my local community and enjoying quality time with family and friends. It’s important to me to balance the two and feel grounded, and there are lots of beautiful, amazing places to explore and compelling people to meet right here in my own backyard. I grew up in Upstate New York and now call California home. I've lived in, worked in, or visited Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Jordan, Spain, Chile, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Antarctica, Mexico, Belgium, Scotland, England, and Jamaica, but still some of my favorite places are right here in the U.S.