I graduated from Juniata College with a degree in wildlife conservation in 2012. While in school, I spent a semester following porcupines around in three feet of snow to determine if they had a preference for type of trees they were eating during the winter months (spoiler alert: they don't care), worked with gnathostomulida, microscopic jawed worms to determine their food preference (spoiler alert: they also do not care), and worked with an octopus named October (spoiler alert: he very much had a preference for shrimp over fish, but this was not what we were researching). I currently work as a chemist in an industrial waste management and treatment facility, where I primarily do quality assessment, and work part time as a museum educator at the Academy of Natural Sciences. I have also worked at the Philadelphia Zoo as an overnights educator, and at Riverbend Environmental Education Center as a camp counselor, and an educator. I am also a writer with the hopes of finishing up a few projects in preparation for sending off to publishers. I primarily write fantasy and sci-fi focused on LGBT characters. I live with my partner and our lovable but strange rescue cat Thunder in West Philadelphia. No I cannot sing the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme from memory, but I can use the word "jawn" in a sentence.