About me

Besides my scientific interests, I enjoy rock climbing, caving, and spending time with my wife Michelle and baby Jay (born Fall 2020). My wife works at the non-profit Franklinton Farms. I also support the following non-profit organizations (and I hope you do too):

  • Eden Reforestation Projects is one of the most efficient and effective non-profits. They employ people living in poverty around the world to plant 15 million trees per month. Every 10 cents is one new tree.
  • Oxfam fights extreme poverty.
  • 350 advocates for the changes needed to combat the climate crisis.
  • World Wildlife Fund works to reduce the most pressing threats to the loss of biodiversity.
  • Bat Conservation International conserves bat populations around the world. I also serve on the board of directors.
  • Amnesty International fights for human rights around the world.
  • Heterodox Academy aims to increase open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement.
  • Wikimedia Foundation creates free and open knowledge for everyone.
  • PLOS is the public library of science.
  • ASAPbio promotes transparency and innovation in life science communication.
  • Peer Community In provides a new way of doing peer review.
In 2008, my wife and I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Here we are on Mt Whitney
We also enjoy traditional rock climbing. This is the final pitch of “Too Tough to Die” in Cochise Stronghold
Summit of Cochise Dome
Lake Tahoe
Indian Creek
Cirque of the Towers
Ancient Art, Fisher Towers
Jay born in Columbus Ohio, 2020

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