I want to better understand psychoactive molecules in their ecological context through to their neural and psychological effects on humans. I work on projects which combine my interest in exploring mental health with respect for traditional and local ecological knowledge.
Using the "Chief of Ghosts" hallucinatory fish from Hawaii and Sonoran Desert Toad as models, I aim to learn how these animals come to contain and accumulate their toxins, and how the molecules interact with human neural function to produce altered mental states.
Outside of the lab, I love exploring and hiking with friends and making or watching short films. I share curated short film lists on The Blueberry, my project website.