I was born in Toulouse, France which likely explains my predilection for blue cheese and red wine. I then lived in Kansas City and St. Louis, before moving off to Amherst, Massachusetts for college. This was where I discovered plant ecology and evolution in the lab of Dr. Jill Miller. My undergraduate work was on the mating systems of Lobelia species in Massachusetts. I spent a few years in central California, teaching K-12 students at Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School near San Luis Obispo, and then selling 'bugs' for biological insect control at Rincon-Vitova Insectaries in Ventura, where I learned plenty about organic farming before beginning graduate school in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. I'm now located at the University of Vermont in the amazing Champlain Valley, where I enjoy the lake, mountains and cider with my wife, daughter and son.
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