I’m excited to say that after being live for barely more than 24-hours, I have already received a verifiable submission to join the Association. Below please find the application and credentials of Dr. Matthew T. Caulfield.
For more information about applying, please visit the About page.
Before I get on with the pleasantries, as seems to be the polite custom of these sorts of things, I need to voice a concern of mine. The Dullahan is a creature quite unfamiliar to many parts of southeastern Asia as well as the majority of French Polynesia, and all of Oceania. If there were eager men and women from these parts, even if they were particularly experienced in the identification of certain demonic or otherwise ghastly equine breeds, the riders themselves would pale in comparison to the Dullahans of North America and Middle Europe. All of this is mainly to say that perhaps you should reconsider the terms of candidacy. Naturally, the only issue that I had with your query was whittling down my list to what I presumed you were looking for (note: not using saltpeter is a spectacular use of resources as it decreases the necessary amounts of both
iron and nitrate by half).
With that out of the way, my name is Dr. Matthew T. Caulfield of the University of Connecticut. I was recommended your site here by an old colleague of mine, and I thought it apropos that I should make an appearance, so to speak. A little about me. I studied molecular biology in my undergrad while minoring in Paranormal Studies at Princeton. I went on to complete my graduate studies at Harvard University, solely in Biology. My doctoral thesis was among the longest in the archive at that particular Boston academy. The title was Variations on the Human Genome Across Twelve Subspecies: Where Darwin Went Wrong. That dissertation was enough to secure my position of faculty at UConn, where I settled with my wife–well, late wife, Noreen.
While the university hired me purely for my scientific mind (they do not yet have a paranormal studies department–though I have been told that Dean Kittering is allocating funds as we speak), I have done my best to keep my mind vigilant, and my dissection table at the ready. Although my experience is mainly with what you would refer to as werewolves, a term demanding stratification if you have read my “Brief Interrogation into the Genetic Elements of Lycanthropic Transformation,” I have seen a plethora of Abnormal creatures, of which I have a storied collection.
Naturally, I do not expect to learn here so much as to provide my wealth of knowledge to those less-fortunate than myself. After all, I suppose we can’t all get State-funded grants to amass previously unclassified creatures.