Bio: I am a graduate student in the department of Oceanography at Oregon State University. I study the microbiology of deep ocean crust to help us understand what life was like, or is now like, on other planets such as Mars or Europa. I am originally from Texas and have been in Oregon since 2007. I have had two bright, beautiful girls during my graduate studies and I try to teach them about science and their world (especially that which they can't see - microbes!). I love to cook, garden, and sew (girly stuff), hug animals, stare at the stars, and play outside. I was born to mother and do science!