I am a community college biology professor in New York City. I engage in teaching, science, and social engagement to create a better place for the human experience.
I am also a trans-woman, and you can learn more about my transition here.
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and
knowledge. - Albert Einstein
Teaching biology is more than my career. It is my passion. The American educational system is undergoing major restructuring, and how we teach within it must change as well if we are to tap into the rich wealth of talent inherent in our diverse culture.
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. - Carl Sagan
Thermal biology is much more than temperature. Energetics, behavior, evolution, hormones, and neuroscience are intertwined with how organisms have evolved to regulate temperature. My main work has been on pythons, but I have also worked with butterflies, locusts, and fruit flies.
What makes us human, I think, is an ability to ask questions, a consequence of our sophisticated spoken language. - Jane Goodall
Writing is thinking, and I like to think about education, science, and philosophy. Most of the topics focus on my two favorite T's, teaching and temperature, but I am also curious about general philosophical topics like consciousness and epistemology. I also maintain a separate blog focused on queer and trans topics that you can find here.