"What being a naturalist has come to mean to me,
sitting my mornings and evenings by the river, 
hearing the clack of herons
through the creak of swallows
over the screams of osprey
under the purl of fox sparrows,
so far removed from White and Darwin and Leopold and even Carson, is this:
Pay attention to the mystery."
—Barry Lopez, "The Naturalist"

About the author
I'm Nina, a graduate of Whitman College with a BA in biology-environmental studies. Udall, Goldwater, and Hollings Scholar. I play ultimate frisbee and listen to the herons clack as often as possible.
I'm a journalist intern for Mongabay and grant-writer for Health In Harmony. Last year as Watson Fellow, I investigated the Anthropocene Epoch from the perspective of microbes in Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Canadian Arctic.
Next month, I'm moving to London as a Marshall Scholar to pursue a Master of Science in One Health — where public health intersects with veterinary medicine and ecosystem functioning. It's a joint program of two schools, which adds up to a real mouthful: the Royal Veterinary College and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. My hope is to design and implement ecological solutions to human health problems.
The author Brook Williams said, "The only stories worth telling are ones that will help us figure out how to flourish in the future." I'm gathering stories from humans, wildlife, and pathogens to understand how we can collaborate in our survival.
Thank you for visiting Natural Selections. As you take a look around, I hope a mystery or two will catch your attention, if only for a moment.
Say hi at ninafinley176 (at) gmail (dot) com.