About

I use this blog mainly to post nature photographs with geeky commentary. My photography website is here if you’d like to browse. It’s mostly insects (I blame my dad, an entomologist). You can also find me on Instagram, Twitter, and iNaturalist.

This site also has multiple pages of academic tips that I developed while teaching evolutionary biology at Swarthmore College. I left that position in 2011 but kept those pages alive because a lot of my former students nudged me to do so. My prior academic life was spent at Reed College (BA in Biology; thesis on chemical defenses and communication between plants), Brown University (PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; thesis on Silene latifolia sex ratios), Washington University (postdoctoral research on safety of transgenic plants; cost or resistance alleles in plants), and the University of Chicago (continuation of St. Louis project).

There are also a few pages with graphics related to evolutionary biology, all part of a futile scheme to get more non-scientists to proudly display their acceptance of evolution. This goal was the theme of my first blog, The Axis of Evo. I tend to gravitate toward futile schemes.

If for some reason you want to send a token of support (this site costs hundreds to maintain each year), you can always buy me a coffee via my ko-fi page. Or surprise me with a book from my Amazon wishlist. But no pressure. Hope you enjoy the site.

Elevator selfie in Hanoi.