I graduated from the University of Maryland in 1982 with a B.S. in fish and wildlife. After serving two years in the Peace Corps, I stayed in Ecuador to work in the shrimp-farming industry. Eventually, I made my way back to college and earned a Ph.D. in zoology at Texas A&M University in 1999. I currently teach biology, chemistry, and environmental science in the Washington D.C. area and occasionally find the time to write articles on science and education policy.