I’m gay and I’m an advocate for science-informed policy and a plant physiological ecologist. //
I started off as a gay baby scientist in Arkansas, where I completed a B.S. in biology. I had such a great undergraduate research experience that it propelled me to the equally as supportive (note sarcasm) state of Kansas to study ecology and climate change. I received a M.S. in biology and a PhD in ecology/evolutionary biology during this time. I also was fortunate to have landed a policy internship in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, which propelled this queer into a postdoc at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Unfortunately, when the Trump administration took over, I had to quit my climate change work at EPA. But I’m fortunate to now work for the Union of Concerned Scientists, where I stand up for science daily and fight for the public’s right to science-informed policy and a more equitable and just world.