My name is Macy, and I’m a third-year Ph.D. student in Microbiology at the University of Wyoming. I go by many descriptions, including, but not limited to: Broke graduate student, chronic goal-setter, Wyoming club tennis aficionado, and university graduate research assistant. My overarching aspiration in life is to be a professor at a university and play tennis with my old lady friends in the evenings. I bleached my hair one too many times as a rascal teen, but I have learned to love my natural hair and the importance of a good dry shampoo. I am also learning to play a mean riff on the acoustic guitar. So anyway, here’s Wonderwall….
My professional page is meant to increase professional interest in my microbiology research and skill sets. I am interested in investigating microbiological community structure in a variety of systems, including, but not limited to: in archaeological and glacial soils, associated with dermatology and Acne vulgaris, accumulating in fermented food and drink such as cheese, beer, and wine, and associated with the human gut. I’m enthusiastic about pursuing a career where I can contribute to the development of new technologies to combat hot-button topics such as climate change, the food service industry, and human health and wellbeing.
My journal page, on the other hand, is meant for a wider audience and focuses on a simple and satirical premise: The rest of the world has decided that we, as millennials, are privileged, lazy, and like to cut corners. Rather than resisting this stereotype, I choose to play in to that notion with the following thought: How do we dominate the world as young professionals, while giving minimal effort? How do we confront the looming pressures of societal expectations, social injustice, political polarization, mental illness, physical and spiritual health, financial stability and maintenance of overall wellbeing in a world where social media rules and nothing is ever good enough? How can we, in today’s day and age, possess successful, thriving relationships and successful, thriving careers, without overworking ourselves?
How do we succeed at life, without really trying?
Being a twenty-something in this world is hard, but I’m blessed to have many friends to help me out along the way. The majority of the headshots you see on my site were taken by my good friend and tennis teammate Ellis (@EllisMurray on Instagram). All other content on my site, unless otherwise stated, is a product of my own creativity! Enjoy my space, and stay a while.
If you’re interested in more of the science side of what I do, please stay tuned for updates on my work in the “journal” tab. Keep an eye out for feature articles on my work found at the “in the news” tab – a feature in the Douglas Daily Budget about my work with ancient mammoth DNA is coming soon!