I am queer and I am a marine disease ecologist. //
I’m currently a PhD student at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon. I study marine disease, parasites, and invertebrates. They’re often scorned for being a little bit different from the rest of biology, yet the things that make them different also allow them to shape their ecosystems in incredible ways. I must confess that my drive to flip the “evil parasite” narrative comes from my personal identity and belief that understanding can lead to appreciation. Queer folk are people, and parasites are living things, too.