I was born in Nashville, TN and shortly emigrated to Chattanooga, TN when I was about 6 months old. I don't remember the name of my pre-school or kindergarten. I spent a very unproductive year in public school where my teacher accused me of being developmentally-challenged because I could not cut with right-handed scissors (I am left-handed). I ended up in a private school for a fun year of 2nd grade, and we packed up the bags and moved to Covington, LA where I attended yet another school. In sixth grade we moved back to Chattanooga, TN, and I went back to the school which I attended prior to leaving for a year. Then, I was lucky enough to have attended the Baylor School in Chattanooga, where I was introduced to the sport of rowing.
Not too long after that, we moved to Savannah, GA where I attended Savannah Country Day School. I graduated and enrolled in Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT in 1995 and really had a great time, overall. I made some great friends, and we had some good times in the snow (and some bad ones - remember the igloo?). I managed to change majors about 100 times moving from classical studies to pre-medicine and biology to english. I eventually ran out of money, worked for a stint in the Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah (not a fun place - but interesting work), and transferred to Athens, GA and the Warnell School of Forest Resources. I received my BSFR from the Warnell School of Forest Resources in 2000. In 2001, I began what would eventually evolve into my PhD project, doing coursework in the University of Georgia Graduate School along with 3 years of fieldwork (primarily capture and radio-location of Northern Bobwhite) at Tall Timbers in the Red Hills region of Georgia and Florida, near Tallahassee, FL. During 2008, I finished my graduate work, receiving my Ph.D., and in March of 2008 I moved to Los Angeles, CA to begin my post-doctoral research with Patty Gowaty and Steve Hubbell at the University of California, Los Angeles.