My main professional goal is to make the world a (much!) better place for others by contributing to the accumulation and adoption of scientific knowledge, as well as through mentoring and teaching. 

My main personal goal is to live my own life to the fullest. :) 

I have a strong passion for high-altitude mountaineering.  I have been climbing in the Andes, Sierra Nevada, and Alaska. Some of my future objectives include the 8000ers.

I also enjoy ice/rock climbing, sailing, and philosophical novels.