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Born: 1958

Hometown: New York, NY

Education: M.F.A. in Art

Occupation: Researcher in interspecies communication, teacher, artist

Expeditions: My work focuses on exploring the inner terrain of the animal mind and our relationships with animals

Favorite Place to Be: With my friends (animal and human) and/or in nature

Best Discovery: Creative linguistic communication by a parrot taught to use human language

Favorite Items in the Field: Clipboard to record data, computer, video camera

Personal Heroes: Jane Goodall, Alex the parrot, my mother, and of course the partner N’Kisi

Hobbies: Making beautiful things

Advice: Discoveries can happen anywhere! Discovery is about looking at something deeply and diligently with a desire to understand, and seeing in a new way. Don’t be afraid to do something that’s never been done before.