When I was toying around with how I wanted to structure this website, my first thought was that I should separate my work from my play. The beautiful reality, however, is that much of my work inspires what I do for play, and that my play helps me think more creatively about my work. Here you will find resources spanning from “how to plan for your next backpacking trip” to “how to make scrummy red lentil soup.” 

Conversation Starters

These are some short, random pieces for your entertainment.


I always appreciate travel tips from friends, family, and, especially, random blogs. Here, I hope to pay all the help I have received forward.


A collection of random recipes.

Please feel free

to reach out!

Contact information:

Courtney Wagner, Ph.D.

Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow

Smithsonian Institution, NMNH

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