I was born in Australia and grew up in West Virginia. When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a pet shop owner. In high school, I wanted to be a veterinarian. As a freshman, I thought I wanted to make documentary nature films. As it turns out, I was much more interested in ecology and evolution, and learned as much as I could. I graduated, traveled, and started a PhD. I've been at the University of California, Davis since 2009. I'm still learning new things all the time.