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Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Education: Ph.D in Biology

Occupation: Assistant Professor, Biology, Whitman College

Expeditions: Surveying reptiles/amphibians in Central Africa; Herpetological expeditions in South and Central America and Micronesia; U.S. to radio track rattlesnakes and observe alligator behavior

Favorite Place to Be: Republic of Congo; northern swamp forest, up to my waist in mud, holding a snake I can’t identify

Accomplishments: Five expeditions to the Republic of Congo to help protect rare snakes, lizard and frogs. Writing Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science, and Survival in the Congo

Favorite Items in the Field: Journal, bandaids

Personal Heroes: Admiral Nelson

Hobbies: Playing the trumpet

Website: Mary Kingsley’s Travels in West Africa 


Advice: Don’t put off your first adventure, because you never will be perfectly prepared for it. Just go there, and figure it out for yourself.