I’d like to give a shout out to the many folks who have encouraged, taught and inspired me to discover that this wonderful world of zoology is where I want to be.  I really have been blessed with an army of inspiring, caring, knowledgeable, resourceful people at my side and I really want to express my thanks to them for all they do.

First and foremost, I’d like to thank my husband, who has been a partner on many animal-seeking adventures, encouraged me to change my major to biology even though I was 3 units from graduating and taught me how to blog.  He is the epitome of a caring, supportive husband.  Thank you, Trey.

Trey and his primate friend

Trey and primate friend. Image taken at Pilpintuwasi, in the Peruvian amazon, near Iquitos.

Trey and monkey

Trey and monkey friend. Image taken at Pilpintuwasi, in the Peruvian amazon, near Iquitos.

Next, I must thank my best friend, Rosa, who left the perfect set of footprints for me to follow into the sciences.  Leading by example, and full of suggestions and encouraging words that continue to this day, I would never have found my way into this field, or had the courage to pursue it, without her.  Thank you, Rosa.

Rosa and my cat, Moe

Rosa and Moe kitty. In 95% of the photos I have of her, Rosa is holding a cat.

Rosa and I at Isla Damas, Chile.

Rosa and I, the obvious tourists, on Isla Damas, Chile.

Shout out to some of my teachers at SF State.  In particular, Dr. Spicer, Peter Ingmire, John Doudna and Dr. Hafernik, as they have a contagious enthusiasm for their respective fields and I thoroughly enjoyed their classes and continue to use what they have taught me.  But most especially, I want to thank Dr. Routman, who took me into his research lab, which provided an invaluable learning experience for me, was the first scientist ever to explain to me evolution in an organized, mathematical and scientific way during his wonderful evolution class and ran a fun, engaging herpetology class as well.  Thank you, educators.

Dr. Routman at Milagra Ridge

Dr. Routman showing us how to catch herps at Milagra Ridge.

Dr. Routman with a scorpion

Although not a herp, Dr. Routman found a scorpion in one of our pitfall traps at Zzyzx desert station.

Special thanks to Emily Tozzi, for providing a comfortable, fun workplace where trying new things and bringing your personality into your work was not only allowed but encouraged under her guidance.  My time working for her really allowed me to grow, gain new skills and perspectives while feeling supported and really being part of a team.  Thank you, Emily

Maya, the parrot

I don't have a picture of Emily, so since she likes birds, here is a picture of a blue-fronted amazon named Maya.

Lastly, thank you Arc staff and the San Francisco Zoo, for being my first entryway into the lives of animals.

You all have meant so much in my life and I can’t thank you enough.