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  • Fluent in English; learning German, Hebrew (modern)
  • 44, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • gentleman scientist
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About Me


make little things happen.


I always say I would rather be a farmer! Recently I have become interested in working to apply fundamental biology to support international development work. I have a passion for supporting cool projects, and work to excite and inspire the people around me.... you can always expect to be greeted with an open heart/house


i imagine, and am working toward supporting, a future where all the lives on the planet, including humans, non-human animals, plants, microbes, robots, etc, exchange and share as much energy as possible between us so that we are more and more a holistic ecosystem.. so that we can have a more sustainable future for all .. i love discovery too, thats why i became i scientist..

i also think that a great place to make friends is in the kitchen.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I host, I surf, I help, i occasionally bring my surfers to local meetings and participate myself


see references.. often surfing and hosting outside the CS network


idea generating, pumpkin pies, plant patterning, photorespiration (do plants make water?)signaling, evolution and earth history (what are the forces that shaped the earth we live in, what are the dominate forces that will shape the earth of the future), sustainable international development, i love nonsense, ethnobotany, street art, stencils, live music, vegetarian and vegan cooking, seeds and seedless, SCUBA, old forests, looking under logs, gathering mushrooms, fixing old bikes, ............

Music, Movies, and Books

I love documentaries and TED talks.. I watch Jon Stewart for laughs.. I enjoy films by Wes Anderson, Tarantino, Kubrick, Miyazaki, Scorsese, Lang, Lynch, Mel Brooks,Jean-Pierre Jeunet,Kurosawa, Woody Allen, ......

you will likely hear some Yo la tengo, miles davis, grateful dead, LCD soundsystem, Phillip Glass, Breathe Owl Breathe, pavement, maybe some hip hop too.. like blackstar or blackalicious or Pharcyde or People under the stairs, or Kendrick Lamar, J5, or the Roots you might also hear some Flying Lotus or Amon Tobin or Boards of Canada, you surely will hear me listening to Bjork, and Brian Eno or the Talking Heads.. i could be listening to some BlueGrass or some Funk .. you might catch some Dan Deacon, and if its sunday the Staple Singers will be singing or some soulful Cannonball Adderly.. play me some billy holliday records late in the evening and I'm happy

I read mostly Non-fiction.. i like books on development like "The White Mans Burden" and biographies like "Robert Oppenheimer - American Prometheus" and "The Power Broker"... I also enjoy Beat writings and poetry like kerouac, Ferlingetti, Snyder, Ginsburg,.. I like the Russian authors like Godel, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevsky, and Ive read almost everything by Camus, Hesse, Murakami, kafka, and Coetze, i like sufi poetry, and haikus, and Robert Frost, EE Cummings, William Carlos Williams, and all kinds of poetry.. I also read lots of science journals like Nature, Science and Cell.. if you know Allis, Crabtree, Chory, Schreiber, Landers, Ecker you should definitely drop me a note ..

i also really enjoy being read to

i have soft spot for the NYT (with bagels) and the New Yorker (also with bagels)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Helped discover the mechanism of wound/bacterial perception in plants.

built a clay oven just so I could bake a pie in pai

Teach, Learn, Share

"Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God."- Bokonon

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Laos, Mexico, Netherlands, Palestine, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In


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