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I got my training in scruffy biologyhood at Cornell University. There I was a biology major, concentrating in Ecology and Systematics. I guess I liked it so much that I'm back here in Ithaca, New York. I worked as the field leader for a professor in the E+S department studying the population ecology of tree swallows, which basically means I got pooped on a lot by the birds I took out of the mist net, and attacked by the geese nesting in our study site. Now I am working in the Psychology department, running experiments in the development of sexual partner preference in zebra finches.
There are many perks to being a field biologist. Gobs of money is NOT one of them. Getting to work outside with interesting animals IS one. So is getting to Travel.
Field Biologist: Will Travel. This philosophy took me half way around the world to study a species of mildly venomous snakes. The brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) to be precise. The snake was accidently introduced to Guam about 50 years ago, and has subsequently eaten holes through the island's ecosystem. MORE on the brown tree snake.
next field opportunity was in the sweltering, flooded, mosquito-plagued
central savanna region of Venezuela, known as the Llanos (YA-nos). I was
an assistant for a study investigating the physiological and reproductive
ecology of a teeny tiny species of parrot, the green rumped parrotlet
For more on Venezuelan birds or reptiles and amphibians that I saw...