As I'm writing, blogging, and more, there's a guy who patiently stands by me through everything. He doesn't mind listening as I endlessly discuss the trials and tribulations of a postdoc while he tirelessly works to prepare for his. It doesn't upset him that my perspective occasionally ruffles the feathers of others in his field--including those friendly with his awesome advisor John Willis. He doesn't even complain about how late he needs to come collect me from the airport constantly. Instead, he helps me get the details right whenever I have a question, brings me along on cross country road trips to the field, and has a kind word no matter what the DNA sequence looks like on any given day. And he always supports my crazy ideas with boundless encouragement and enthusiasm.
So today I want to congratulate my wonderful, brilliant fiancé David Lowry, who just received his Ph.D. in evolutionary genetics and genomics at Duke. (Photo left was taken just before his final seminar talk). David's a damn good field and lab biologist who's taught me everything I know about speciation, adaptation, Mimulus--and so much more. His research on understanding ecotype formation amazes me and I'm so excited to see where it goes next! And directly to David: You continue to inspire me every day and I love you.