I have spent most of my life in Virginia and still love the state. I've studied philosophy and ecology at Virginia Tech. An aquatic entomology class really turned me into a biodiversity fanatic and to this day there are not many things I'd prefer to do than catch insects in a mountain stream.
Since than, I've become a student of macro-pollutants (things that are harmful because they are un-naturally abundant, e.g. fertilizer) and the impact they have on coastal waters, fisheries and human resources.
I enjoy reading about science, bird watching, crabbing, playing basketball and riding bikes with my wife.