About the Author

So, after looking at the rest of this site, you still want to know more about me? OK, here's my brief bio...

I was born on January 2, 1978, in Ellsworth, ME. My father, Michael, thus missed being able to claim me as a dependent on his 1977 tax returns by less than 36 hours. He is the District Attorney for Hancock and Washington counties, having been re-elected every four years since 1974. He says he will actually retire this term, after which my mother, Judy, will really not know what to do with him. She's a teacher of gifted and talented enrichment programs for 2nd through 5th graders.

My sister, Abby, is two years younger than I am. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and works full-time as an editorial manager for Scholastic publishing and is also enrolled part-time as an MBA student at the NYU Stern School of Business. We both went through the Ellsworth public school system. I graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1996, having made a name for myself primarily by being the pianist for every school music group that needed one.

I attended Harvard College, receiving my degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2000. I had decided to join the Peace Corps because I felt that my life had been both too sheltered and too self-centered up to that point. I think this was a good decision, but that's the subject of this whole site, isn't it?

As I approached the first anniversary of the end of my grand adventure in Africa, I found myself firmly back in the career track I had left behind, aided by a renewed vigor and a fresh perspective. After a few months of unemployment (this site is the best thing I have to show for those months) I spent a year living in Somerville, MA while employed as a research scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge. During this period, I quite unintentionally met the love of my life, Kerean Grant (pictured with me above). Kerean and I were married on September 8, 2007 in Bar Harbor, Maine. We welcomed our daughter, Maia Helena, on June 24, 2011.

My time in Tanzania is now fading in the rearview mirror of personal history, but I am still in touch with several important friends I made there, Tanzanian, American, and British.

Interested in my work as a research scientist in astronomy? Check out my professional website.

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Last updated: Sunday, August 7, 2011
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