I have been storytelling through various mediums my whole life and have most recently focused my creative energy into pairing marine humanities scholarship with creative practice. After several years as a nonprofit communications professional and educator, I earned an MA from Oregon State University studying the Environmental Arts and Humanities. As an NSF fellow there, I also minored in Risk and Uncertainty Quantification and Communication in Marine Systems. My thesis explored the role of marine science and technology in how humans think and feel about the ocean.
Freeport, located south of Houston on the Texas coast, is home to the beach that raised me. The anthropogenic pressures I witnessed unfold in my community, and the Gulf Coast waters surrounding it, still motivate how I navigate my career today. I have always desired to more deeply understand the interface between humans and marine systems and the processes that connect us. The intention behind both my creative and scholarly practice is to inspire others to see the world with a reinvigorated intensity.
I will begin a PhD program in the fall of 2019 at the University of Wisconsin — Madison in their History of Science, Medicine, and Technology program.
"Life... is not all bad, but it is not all good, it is not all ugly, but it is not all beautiful... It is savage, cruel, kind, noble, passionate, selfish, generous, stupid, ugly, beautiful, painful, joyous--it is all these, and more..."
And I'm not even saying that I am a pessimist, but I wouldn't say I am an eternal optimist either. I am deeply enamored by and just as equally terrified by the world around me and every one/thing in it.
Bad Human is an exploration of the simple truths that reveal our common humanity. Deep down I'm just a poor kid from coastal Texas living the scholar life. The more I learn about science, art, philosophy, and environmentalism through this academic lens, the more I realize that I can't possibly be doing this right. Life. The journey of humanity. The pursuit of knowledge.
But I want to.
And that's the positive part.
Most days I vacillate between feeling like a total badass, then realize that I'm just bad. At everything. Bad artist, story teller, terrible philosopher, and an even worst humanitarian and environmentalist.
A bad human. Just in general. But I don't wallow! I do not despair! I desire to be better, to do better, to make this blip in Earth's timeline a little better than it was a couple seconds ago.
The prose, poetry, art and photography you will find here center mostly around my current pursuits to become a better human.