On January 1st, 2014, Dorian Anderson embarked on a year-long biking and birdwatching odyssey that took him 18,000 miles through 28 states. Along this route, he saw the country in a way few people ever will, observed hundreds of the continent’s birds, and raised general awareness about birdwatching and environmental stewardship. He plans to speak about his decision to leave a well-established career, his incredible experience on America’s roads, and how this seemingly isolated adventure will apparently propel his life in completely new and unexpected directions moving forward.
Dorian Anderson has a Ph.D. in Developmental Genetics from NYU, where he studied early embryo polarization and its role in further development; at postdocs at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital he did further work in molecular mechanisms that control neural plasticity. He has been an avid birder since childhood, venturing into avian photography in 2010: you can see his work at http://www.dorianandersonphotography.com. He left the lab for real-world observation in 2014 and blogged about it through the entire trip: read about that at http://bikingforbirds.blogspot.com. Now’s your chance to meet this fascinating scientist and to hear about his many adventures.