"When I grew up" I wanted to be a Veterinarian, but during the first year of University, Science and Math was so interesting that I kept my options open with a dual Science/Art degree (Math was conveniently classified under Art). During honours research year I created a chemical mimic of natural enzymes that detoxify pesticides. I side-stepped into atmospheric chemistry for a graduate degree, which lead to international travel and the move from Australia to the USA in 2014. I am now a Project Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
My formative years were spent in Canberra, the capital of Australia, and during my undergraduate degree I was located in tropical Brisbane in order to attend the University of Queensland. I took some time to travel the world in 2008, using 6 months to experience everything from an African safari to a Russian banya. I completed my Atmospheric Chemistry PhD at the Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Wollongong, in a city located between forested cliffs and famous Australian beaches. I now live in the stunning mountain-side city of Boulder, Colorado with my astronomer husband Tim Holt. When not researching, enjoying nature or traveling, you can find me dancing – I have tried almost every style.
Random things I think are interesting:
Energy use estimation for the next 2500 years - Tom Murphy
Yoda Power - xkcd what if
The Atmospheric Chemist - a collection of potentially useful information