I don’t have time to maintain a blog, so instead I decided to make a page that I update when I can, with intermittent updates on my travels and studies.
a little more about me and What I'm up to
I just returned from a six-week oceanographic research cruise in Antarctica, participating as a field research assistant for the microbial biogeochemistry component of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Long Term Ecological Research Project (LTER) under principal investigator Hugh Ducklow, PhD from Columbia University. This project studies the long-term ecological changes of the Western Antarctic Peninsula with data extending back 25 years. Like the Arctic, this region of Antarctica is one of the most rapidly changing ecosystems in the world today. With roughly 25 researchers, the LTER annual cruise is a unique collaboration between individuals studying a spectrum of topics including the bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton, penguins and other sea birds, whales, and seals.
I have come away from this experience with a deepened passion to work in environmental research and conservation, particularly with the increasing effects of climate changes. In 2012, I was the youngest Rolfer to graduate from the European Rolfing Association and have maintained a private practice in New York City since. I graduated from Columbia University in New York City last May 2016 with a major in Environmental Biology while also completing all pre-medical prerequisites.
Ultimately, I have a vision to develop my career to more directly bridge both my studies in human health and environmental sustainability, because I believe they are inextricably connected.
After working in Antarctica, I completed the Circuit trek with two friends in Patagonia (130 km hike) in five days. It was an ass-kicker but undoubtedly rewarding.
Check out an article written by fellow Rolfer Rey Allen and I about pain, recently published in the winter 2017 issue of Massage and Fitness Magazine (full issue can be purchased at http://www.massagefitnessmag.com )