I’m gay and I’m a biologist. //
I’m an associate professor of biology at Arizona State University, where I study how social insect colonies perform remarkable coordinated feats without leadership or central control. I also work with engineers to translate lessons from insects to robot swarms. I live in Phoenix with my husband, also a scientist. I grew up at a less welcoming time for gay people, and out role models in the sciences (or anywhere else) where rare. Things are better now, but not good enough, and there is still a great need for more visibility and representation.