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  • 53 references 18 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Spanish
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2014
  • Biologist
  • B.S. in Environmental Science from University of Mary Was...
  • From Charlottesville, VA, USA
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About Me


Save the Salamanders!


I'm a goofball. I like to get know new people and to make them laugh, share stories, and learn new things. I'm very flexible and I find joy in the little things. I love traveling, and I'm extremely interested in conservation, wildlife, nature... and beer. I recently moved from Austin TX to start a Master's program at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN and I will be studying Hellbender salamanders! They're the third largest amphibians in the world, super cool animals found in mountain streams in the Appalachain region of the US. I feel very lucky to be where I am now, but I'm still not certain where I will be in a few years - and part of me loves the potential for adventure that can be found in uncertainty!


"If it's not fun, why do it?" - Ben & Jerry's

I'm all for living your life to the fullest NOW, trying new things, going new places, and taking advantage of opportunities... because you may not get another chance to later. Mark Twain says it all ...

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ... This idea has taken me all over the world with a smile on my face.

I firmly believe in treating others the way you would want to be treated, and showing respect for the earth & all living creatures. I want to live my life to make a positive impact on others.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I was extremely active in the Austin couchsurfing community while living there, and I look forward to being involved here in Nashville as well. I helped plan the 2017 and 2018 Austin Couch Crashes with a bunch of other awesome local CSers, and it was a huge success! I think they will do it again next year, so keep an eye out! I'm brand new to my current housing situation, but it's a big place so I hope to be able to host surfers eventually. I have hosted and surfed a bunch in the past and loved it.

I found my former roommate thanks to the CS community, and I have already met so many cool people all over the world using this site. I love to spread the word about how great Couchsurfing is, and I love making friends with other CSers! I like to travel and use CSing when I travel, as I always have the best times staying with locals and listening to their stories and insights about the place where they live. I'm brand new to Nashville, so looking forward to using CS to meet other cool people!


I had an AMAZING first couchsurfing experience in Savannah, GA with James Holmes - I was laughing almost the whole time and couldn't have felt more welcome. Read all about it here:

I have since had many more great experiences meeting really wondeful people through CSing. I can't wait to CS again and meet more awesome people!


Amphibians & Reptiles, Animals in general, Craft beer, SCUBA diving, surfing, hiking, exploring, mountain biking, rock climbing, traveling, laughing.

  • animals
  • wildlife
  • reptiles
  • amphibians
  • cooking
  • beer
  • yoga
  • traveling
  • outdoor activities
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • surfing
  • scuba diving
  • sailing
  • rock climbing

Music, Movies, and Books

I love a good book or movie that will make me laugh. Bill Bryson is one of my favorite authors. I grew up without a TV in my house, and I still rarely sit down long enough to watch a movie - but when I do it's a nice treat.

Some of the shows that will always be close to my heart include The Office, Parks and Rec, and of course Trailer Park Boys haha.

I listen to just about anything when it comes to music, I'm always interested in discovering new great artists.

I also really love podcasts! They're my new favorite thing. A few of my favorites include: This American Life, RadioLab, 99% Invisible, Invisibilia, Snap Judgement, How I Built This, Freakonomics, Hardcore History, Hidden Brain, More Perfect, and Revisionist History! Would love to hear what you listen to, my playlist is constantly growing.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Watched the sunrise while at the Grand Canyon, and then hiked to the bottom and back... all in one long, totally awesome day.

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm doing much more learning these days than teaching, but I would be happy to share my (limited) knowledge of the natural world and outdoor skills, tell some fun travel stories, speak with you in Spanish, give opinions on craft beers and crack a few jokes ! :)

I'd like to learn more about cooking and preparing tasty meals, Yoga, bicycle maintenance, and hear awesome travel stories.

What I Can Share with Hosts

A home-made meal, local beers, good times, funny stories :)

Countries I’ve Visited

Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan

Countries I’ve Lived In

Ecuador, Panama, Thailand, United States

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