Maria Ordovas-Montanes is originally from Massachusetts and crossed the Atlantic to do her PhD in biology at the University of Oxford. She became an avid runner in the last few years and even received funding to do parkrun tourism in 2019. Other activities she has picked up during her time in the UK are rowing, acroyoga, SUPing, surfing, and moonlighting as a theater critic. In the last year, Maria has been exploring more of the Oxfordshire countryside on foot. If she’s not listening to a podcast on her run, she’ll be trying to distinguish between birds songs of passerines.