To be honest, I'm still surprised that I am a biologist. I think I might have very well ended up being a journalist, doctor or teacher. Just like 95% of biologists, I chose my profession because it doesn't involve maths. Just kiddin'. Sort of.
Me with a broad smile after sailing in between icebergs in Iceland.
The decision to study biology was rather unexpected, considering that my parents are engineers and I've never been much of an animal/pet lover. When I was about 15 years old, I watched a lot of documentaries, like those with Steve Irwin and Jeff Corwin. I was fascinated by the diversity of species on Earth and I wanted to visit all of those marvellous places.
At that time, I also watched the PBS' series Evolution, which was probably my first close encounter with the evolutionary theory. It absolutely blew my mind. I wanted to understand how evolution works, how it creates biodiversity, and why species evolved as they did.
What always fascinated me the most was evolutionary history. Probably because I love good stories. And because The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one of my top three favourite books. As a teenager, I used to get stuff like compass for birthday presents, because going to the jungle was my big dream at the time. I don't know how it happened that instead of Amazonian rainforest I ended up going on expeditions in the Arctic, but I'm surely not complaining. After all, I can use the compass there too.
…for it is only when a man goes out into the world with the thought that there are heroisms all around him, and with the desire all alive in his heart to follow any which may come within sight of him, that he breaks away as I did from the life he knows, and ventures forth into the wonderful mystic twilight land where lie the great adventures and the great rewards.
I work as a Les Mills group-training instructor for Fitness24Seven. Once a week, I have my class of BodyCombat, a martial-arts inspired cardio workout. Even though I've been doing it for a while, every single class of BodyCombat is a challenge, and that's probably why I like it so much. Not to mention the privilege of inspiring people and the satisfaction when they keep coming back.
I never leave home without a book in my bag because getting stuck somewhere without the possibility to read is my idea of a nightmare. I love the smell of books and I also love my Kindle Paperwhite, which is like a portable library, and on my expedition packing list ranks right after the compass.
I read a wide range of genres, basically anything from science fiction, fantasy, and thrillers, to historical and romantic novels.
Travelling is definitely one of the best things about being a scientist. It takes me everywhere, from the rush of big cities to the most remote wilderness. And I'm the kind of person who is just as happy lying on the beach, hiking in the mountains, or drinking coffee on the main square.
I own a Nikon D5100 camera and I take lots (like really a lot) of pictures. Facebook didn't seem like the right place to dump them, so I've started a travel blog called The Journey Journal. Since I started with science writing, my blog has been dormant, but I'm adding new photos every now and then.