From the time she was a little girl staring at the endless Kansas prairies, owner Alicia Billings wanted to live on the ocean. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and finally got her chance. In July of 2001, she packed up and went off to work for a contractor for the National Marine Fisheries Service on commercial fishing boats in the Bering Sea (that's Alaska, by the way). Three month contracts working and living aboard vessels was a great way to save up some cash, and lose your mind. Years and years later, she found herself living in Port Orford, Oregon, a sleepy fishing town with a population of 1200, on a good day. While she was doing the same work she was doing in Alaska, the off-time was monotonous.
Lotus Web Design and Consulting was started in 2007 as a way for her to practice her new love of building databases and to stave off the boredom. At first, the business was mainly a way to get in on some consulting jobs during the off-season while also being able to bid for web design jobs. Now it has become a way to provide a much needed service to non-profit organizations that cannot pay big bucks for websites.
Visit the Portfolio Page to see the websites Alicia has created. If you would like to hire Lotus for science consulting, please visit the Consulting Page for more information and a brief resume.