A detour for love

Many paths

Credit: Robert Neubecker

My advisers would have told you that I had a bright future. As an undergraduate at New College of Florida, I pursued research in coral reef biology. I studied abroad in Ireland for practical training in biotechnology. I learned Spanish to aid in collecting samples for my thesis on coral immunogenetics in Honduras. As a graduate student in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, I traveled across the Caribbean monitoring coral disease outbreaks and their impacts on important reefs. I had become globalized: My personal and scientific relationships spanned continents and hemispheres. My science career seemed assured. And then I fell in love. (Keep reading at Science.)

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