About Me

I'm an Explorer, Engineer, Writer, Public Speaker, and Entrepreneur. I write about exploration, travel, and science. 

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Yeah, I got this. 

Hello Friends & Family,

A couple months ago, I decided to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). (If you’ve already gotten some emails from me on this, my apologies for repeat information—I added some new folks to the email list). The LLS funds research to help cure Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin Lymphoma, and Myeloma (I guess they couldn’t fit all those diseases in the title). They basically fill research gaps left off by the big, federal health research organizations like the NIH. And it’s research that goes directly to improving the lives of those who have been hit with those horrible diseases—from funding hospital rides for patients to clinical trials for new drugs.


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Not Sinking 

Training Update:

Training is going really well. And by really well I mean I've had no injuries yet and I haven't drowned. When I started training two months ago, I was really worried about sinking. I was not a swimmer. Not even a little bit. I could barely float in an inner tube without falling through, then flailing like an angry wet cat until I reached something to hold on to. Now, 2 months in, I'm not exactly Michael Phelps, but I feel better with the knowledge that I CAN swim.

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Training & Fundraising

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far! You've helped me raise $1,400 over the past month to help fund blood cancer research. I'm now 45% of the way to my fundraising minimum commitment of $3,300 by August 21st!!!

If you haven't already donated and would like to, PLEASE help me out soon! I have less than one month to meet this goal. Seriously, ANY amount you can give helps and the donation process will only take a couple minutes.

And if you know of any companies looking to donate to a good cause or happen to have a very wealthy uncle with a good heart, please forward this on or send me their contact info so I can contact them directly.

Again, THANK YOU!!!



I'm training for a Half-Ironman!

Almost 3 years ago, I decided to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) while training for the 2011 Houston Marathon. After finishing, I vowed 2 things: 1) never willingly run 26.2 miles in a swamp ever again and 2) I need to continue supporting the LLS in the future, however I'm humanly able to. The impact of personal donations goes a LOOOONG way to funding research that directly leads to treatments for blood cancers. One day, money from the LLS could cure cancer. Completely. Gone. Wiped off the face of the Earth. Become a distant memory. Small steps will get us to that goal.

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Nature's Poker Face

In May 2012, five months before Hurricane Sandy, I made a documentary with Taylor Beck and Conor Myhrvold in my science writing program about the increasing risk of hurricanes in a warmer world caused by global warming. Sandy could not have been a clearer indicator that this isn't just a major issue for future generations- it's affecting us NOW.