I was born on the East Coast but moved to Tucson when I was a toddler. Most of my childhood was spent wandering through desert washes and playing in mud. I attended Sabino High School, was active in the environmental club and and co-editor of the yearbook, and graduated Salutatorian. Next I studied Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona, eventually earning a B.S. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but working in a research lab long enough to know that it wasn't for me. After a lot of soul searching (and a couple of road trips on my own) I decided to go back to school to be certified to teach secondary science and earn a Master's in Education. I am especially interested in dicot evolution and, unlike Jim Freeh, I have only been to 13 countries.


Astrological Sign: Scorpio/Sagittarius cusp

Favorite color: Orange

Favorite ice cream flavor: Strawberry

Enneagram personality type: Four (with a three wing)

Favorite smell: Creosote during the rain

Favorite plant: Desert willow

Nicknames: Koop, Kupie

Favorite plan division: Bryophytes

Hobbies: Cycling, art of various sorts, hiking, learning new things

Favorite book: The Never-ending Story

Favorite nucleic acid: Adenine

Favorite element: Titanium

Least favorite human parasite: Probably guinea worms, but maybe bot flies.

Favorite Movie Producer: Tim Burton

Favorite Actor: Johnny Depp

Hero: Tyler Hamilton (for winning a stage in the Tour de France with a broken collarbone, among other things)

If I were an animal I'd be a: Raccoon

Place I'd like to visit soon: New Zealand

Favorite Hike: Ventana Canyon

Favorite National Park: Glacier



The Happiest Video In the World:





I have read so many fantastic books lately. Share your best books with me!

For the artistically inclined.
This game is a lot more fun than it looks. Seriously. Try it.
The Muffin Tree is a story with a helpful moral.
An interesting letter from the president of Iran in 2006.
A short video message from the Blue Men.
Not all charities are the same.
Our idea of beauty is distorted.
Think that you are unbiased? Think again.
What is it like to be a black girl in today's society?

Who knew that making a cartoon of yourself could be so much fun? [Also this!]

With this much money I could buy...