About Me

img_6841I am a southeast Alaskan transplant (from Juneau), where after a ridiculous number of years in schooling and tangential career changes, my husband (Tom) and I moved to northern Oregon. Although the Portland area is home now, I’ve lived in a number of other states before settling on one permanently, including: Alaska, Colorado, Washington, Hawai’i, Montana, and Arkansas. Careers eventually brought Tom and I to the Portland area, where I am a professor of comparative behavioral neuroscience at Pacific University. Although, based on my early employment experience, academia is not necessarily where I thought I would emerge. During different evolutions of my life, I have worked as a deck hand on a commercial fishing boat (FV The Blue Zephyr); an art enthusiast and salesperson for an art gallery (the name escapes me), an account representative for a bank (First Bank), a cocktail waitress (Red Dog Saloon), crew for a sailing charter (Paragon), a research naturalist (Pacific Whale Foundation), a cook, house keeper, and kayaking guide for a wilderness lodge (Adlersheim Wilderness Lodge) and an assistant editor for a small, nonprofit publication (Liberty Press). A curiosity for unexplored places, food, and new opportunities drives much of my personal life. If I’m not traveling or working, there always fun places locally to explore.  This is especially true in the Portland area’s frenetic schedule of outdoor concerts, festivals spring and summer fairs, and farmers’ markets. When Portland weather brightens, we kiteboarding the Gorge, awkwardly longboard at Oswald at the coast, kayak around our house on the Columbia River, or varnish – constantly sand and varnish our 1950s Owens wooden boat.  Our ridiculously impractical purchase of a classic wooden boat last year.