Interests: My academic background began at the University of Colorado Boulder, with undergraduate work including both a BA in Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology as well as a BS in Business Administration. A few years after receiving my degrees, I took a chance and left the comforts of home and a stable job to work for two seasons in Antarctica and travel around the world. Those journeys eventually led to more work as a penguin research assistant for two seasons in the Falkland Islands. The experiences finally coalesced, transforming a fledgling enthusiasm for travel into a passion for high latitudes, polar fauna and ornithology. I’m now continuing to work with penguins in my own research, studying the spatial gradients of anthropogenic mercury bioaccumulation in Gentoos throughout the Southern Ocean.