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Well hi there!

If you haven’t checked out the About section, let me fill you in.

I’m a west coast boy from the San Francisco Bay Area, where I somehow gained an interest in the natural world around us (I blame Sir David Attenborough). I studied it in more detail in undergrad at UC Davis, where I also developed an interest in molecular biology, particularly in how we might use it to study how pollution affects ecosystems. Which pretty much brings us here, to today.

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Casually measuring some crabs. As one does. 

I’m now a Ph.D. student in Dr. Anne McElroy’s lab at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. We’re an aquatic toxicology lab, so we’re mainly focused on how anthropogenic stressors affect aquatic ecosystems. Personally, I’m looking at how psychiatric drugs affect fish development and behavior, using zebrafish as a model system. But you’ll hear plenty about that if you stick around (please do!).

So what can you expect from this blog? Well, a lot of science, mostly. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, but it’s all I know! I promise I’ll try to make it fun. But like I said, I’m an ecotoxicologist, so that’s certainly going to be a big part of this blog. The title’s pretty evocative, but not many people really know what that means so I’m here to help show you. But more importantly, I want to share with you what it’s like to be a scientist. It’s an interesting life, and it would be a shame not to share it.

So stay tuned!

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