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Born: 1968

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Education: M.F.A.

Occupation: Artist and teacher

Expeditions: The Dry Valleys and the South Pole of Antarctica; hundreds of cities and towns around the world

Favorite Place to Be: Traveling anywhere and getting to know the people

Best Discovery: The “listening” to data is another way to gain insight into natural phenomena

Favorite Items in the Field: Binaural microphones to record the most realistic soundscape

Personal Heroes: Electronic music pioneer, Pauline Oliveros

Hobbies: Designing and making my own clothes

Website: www.andreapolli.com

Advice: If you find yourself stuck, know that there’s always a way around a problem or another way to achieve your goals. Look for alternative solutions and don’t be afraid to consider the wildest, most impossible idea. Those are the ideas that can lead you to places you never imagined.