Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Sometimes when I’m birdwatching

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90377: Running Free by Marc Andreu

Friday, September 7th, 2018


Running Free by Marc Andreu

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buggirl: Tumblr,I started this blog when I was a nightclub…

Friday, March 16th, 2018



I started this blog when I was a nightclub bartender in Hollywood with a “useless” lonely nerdy passion for the world of entomology/ararchnology nearly 9 years ago.  The act of creating this blog opened my eyes to a community of fellow naturalists that shared my passion.  I was no longer lonely and my passion no longer seemed useless.  Our community grew and grew.  Because of this realization – I went back to school, despite my original doubt that “bugs” were a legitimate career and that I had what it takes to be a scientist.  I finished my BS in ecology/evolution, and I am now close to finishing my MS. Since starting this blog, which originally was only intended as a bug journal of the insects i stumbled upon throughout daily life…an outlet for my interest in bugs…  I have been to the Ecuadorean Amazon 3 times to study the organisms I was only dreaming to blog about.

Today, I got word– I have been awarded a 4 year fellowship to continue my research and earn a PhD in Zoology in Leticia Aviles’s lab at the University of British Columbia. 

This is a dream come true for me. 

I am not exaggerating when I say that I credit the experience I have had making this blog and interacting with so many of you as the foundation of my journey as a scientist.   We shared a love of the natural world and I am reminded every day why it is that I love being a biologist through this process.  Many of you have helped fund my research through my campaign on, and some of you even sent me live spiders.   Whether directly or indirectly– this has contributed to my science…  and has enriched my life..

Thank you, all.

Spiders and bugs rule! 


Oh.   A beautiful Phoneutria wandering spider for attention in Jatun Sacha, Ecuador. 

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