Congratulations Dr. Lowry!

By Sheril Kirshenbaum | February 3, 2010 1:26 pm

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.

18057_675935392949_5819276_38490511_5222890_nSo today I want to congratulate my wonderful, brilliant fiancĂ© 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.

MORE ABOUT: David Lowry

Comments (15)

  1. Congratulations, David!!! I’m sure your seminar was fantastic!

  2. Pete

    Congratulations! Interesting research on his website too.

  3. Congratulations to Dr. Lowry!

  4. That was lovely. Congratulations David and, by extension, all the awesome people, busily inspiring our best writers behind the scenes.

  5. Congratulations, Dr. Lowry.

  6. Sheena

    Excellent news! Congrats Dr. Lowry!

  7. David (and Sheril):
    A loud and proud WOO HOO from the DC crowd! Red and I are so thrilled for you! Now, lets see some of those publications that will make you a world renowned scientist (but after the wedding, of course).


  8. Linda

    I am so happy and proud of you, David, for your wonderful accomplishment and all the hard work it took to achieve this.
    I wish both of you, Sheril and David, a life rich in happiness, good health, laughter, and love.

  9. Rebecca K (or M)

    Congratulations David!!

  10. Arthur

    Congratulations to David and may life for both of you be beautiful, bountiful and rewarding.

  11. Fred & Lenore

    Dear David,

    We don’t know you, but WOW, are we proud of you! Sheril, we know you will have a wonderful life, because if David picked you as a life partner, it shows wonderfully good judgment!

  12. Sabel Rose

    David is my smartest and tallest friend. I’ve watched him geek out for 13 years now, without pause, and am impressed and inspired. Sheril + Davey Boy = LoveLoveLove

  13. Naomi Gary

    Congratulations to you both! I wish you the most happiness, adventure and fulfillment in your life together. I look forward to meeting you Sheril…and to my cousin David…I am so proud! Great work!


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About Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans, and culture. She is involved in conservation initiatives across levels of government, working to improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity's fondest pastimes. She also co-authored Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future with Chris Mooney, chosen by Library Journal as one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2009 and named by President Obama's science advisor John Holdren as his top recommended read. Sheril contributes to popular publications including Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from climate change to genetically modified foods. Her writing is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. In 2006 Sheril served as a legislative Knauss science fellow on Capitol Hill with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) where she was involved in energy, climate, and ocean policy. She also has experience working on pop radio and her work has been published in Science, Fisheries Bulletin, Oecologia, and Issues in Science and Technology. In 2007, she helped to found Science Debate; an initiative encouraging candidates to debate science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Previously, Sheril was a research associate at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and has served as a Fellow with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. She has contributed reports to The Nature Conservancy and provided assistance on international protected area projects. Sheril serves as a science advisor to NPR's Science Friday and its nonprofit partner, Science Friday Initiative. She also serves on the program committee for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies, and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. Sheril is a graduate of Tufts University and holds two masters of science degrees in marine biology and marine policy from the University of Maine. She co-hosts The Intersection on Discover blogs with Chris Mooney and has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She was born in Suffern, New York and is also a musician. Sheril lives in Austin, Texas with her husband David Lowry. Interested in booking Sheril Kirshenbaum to speak at your next event? Contact Hachette Speakers Bureau 866.376.6591 For more information, visit her website or email Sheril at


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