I was raised in the small town of Kunkletown, PA, where I learned to appreciate things like a fallow hay field in October, late-day tunes on the front porch, and a proper pie crust. I made my way up to Boston for college, and then spent a year in Uganda and Borneo.

I am currently a chemistry PhD student at Caltech in Pasadena, CA. Grad school keeps me busy, but I make sure to find time to bake a pie now and again.

Some of my favorite places: the Poconos, the UP, Camaquiri, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mount Sabyinyo, Clifftop.