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My life has a bit of a fairytale feel to it. I was adopted as an infant from Korea and grew up here in the U.S. As a kid I balanced bookishness with sports pretty well and developed a strong sense of self-confidence early on. This opened a lot of doors to travel and live in different parts of the country. In the last 20 years, I've called Columbus, OH, State College, PA, Anacortes, WA, Eugene, OR, Tuscaloosa, AL, Athens, GA, and Richmond, VA home. I love moving around and meeting people from different backgrounds. It's definitely an experience that I want to share with my kids.

Speaking of which, in 2012, I became the father of twins. Flint and Norma. They are ridiculously cute, funny and sweet. My first year as a Dad, also my first year as an Assistant Professor, was not an easy one. But Team McGarvey made it through and now we're moving on to the really good stuff. On my best days at work, I may have a paper accepted for publication or a break-through moment with one of my students. Yet none of this can compete with "Daddy you're home!" as I walk in the door or "I love you Daddy" when the kids go down for the night. Like I said - the really good stuff.

Vivian is also a long-standing member of the McGarvey clan. We adopted her from a rescue service in Athens, GA when she was about a half-year old. And every day since then, she's done her best to thank us for choosing her. Vivian's the ultimate family dog. Extremely friendly and always up for a run or a dip in the river. Great with the kids. And happy to go wherever we are willing to take her. I took this photo of her at sunrise one morning on the James River, down at the 42nd Street Island boulders. If you see her, be sure to give her a good rub!

And then there's Angie. My beautiful and talented wife. We met while conducting a fish survey on Codorus Creek near York, PA. I was working as a consultant for the pulp and paper industry and she was a graduate student at Western Washington University. Over the next couple of years we became good friends, then went from there. In 2007, we were married at Sunriver, OR in the shadow of Mt. Bachelor. Angie's done a lot since then to support my career and to be a good mother. She's an amazing partner and I'm excited for the adventures that we'll share in the years ahead.