Hi everyone. My name is Melissa and I'm currently living in Western Michigan. I'm very passionate about science and research and will be beginning my PhD work (chemistry) this Fall in Bulk Heterojunction Organic Photovoltaics (plastic solar cells!). I have an eclectic mix of hobbies, including what you see in my profile picture ^_^ I love reptiles and show my own menagerie at zoos and expos in order to educate the public. Crowd favorites tend to be my Tegus, named Spock and Tuvok. Aside from that, I'm a reader, movie enthusiast, wine drinker, gamer (mostly RPGs), electronics consumer, foodie, oh... and an atheist :)Nice to meet you!