IAmAn entomologist who researches butterfly ecology, and I also walk the runway at London Fashion Week every year. AMA!
Hi there! I am a research scientist at the University of Chicago. I'm here to answer questions with help from Atlas Obscura. I have spent the majority of my life dedicated to pursuing a career in science studying butterfly ecology and evolution, which has included a great deal of field research in the tropical jungle and Amazon rainforest. In my free time, though, I trade in my lab coat and muddy field boots for 6-inch heels twice a year to walk in London Fashion Week to show off the latest fashion trends. When possible while working in the city, I handle modeling gigs on the side. Dealing with this “double life” as a scientist and model has helped me break stereotypes that exist in both professions, while discovering creative ways to find overlap between the two. I have a bachelor’s degree in Entomology (Cornell University), and I finished my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (University of California) by the time I was 27 years old. I have gained recognition for my experiences from several international media sources, including People Magazine, Fox News, Al Jazeera, and more, along with recognition for my research discoveries in sources such as National Geographic, PBS Nature, BBC, and Smithsonian News.
Feel free to check out some links to articles and adventures below! And find me on Twitter: @Fink_about_it
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EDIT: Thank you everyone for joining us! I didn’t quite make it to some of the last questions at the end, but feel free to tweet remaining questions at me @Fink_about_it. It was a pleasure and I hope some of you are now inspired to go out and look for cool bugs, now that the weather is lovely and summer is around the corner :)