From left to right: Sarah Kupferberg and Jennifer Dever in the field.
Take a minute to meet scientists Sarah Kupferberg and Jennifer Dever as they share what they love about science.
Where do you work?
Sarah: In the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, as a Research Associate.
Jennifer: The University of San Francisco as a Professor of Biology.
What do you study?
Sarah: I am a stream ecologist focused on the connections between physical conditions in rivers and biological processes, specifically the interplay among flow regime, channel morphology, thermal regime, and the food webs that amphibian populations are part of.
Jennifer: My research is focused in conservation genetics to better manage threatened wildlife using molecular tools - especially amphibian and reptile populations.
What are three titles you would give yourself?
Sarah: earthling (or maybe waterling), mom, tadpole wrangler
Jennifer: biologist, biology professor, wildlife enthusiast
What do you like to do when you are not working?
Sarah: I care for my family and I read -- I've been revisiting literature from middle school when I was the ages my son and daughter are now
Jennifer: I enjoy listening to music, hiking and eating good food.
What do you like most about science?
Sarah: I love the freedom to follow my curiosity, the creativity involved in designing field experiments, and the time spent observing animals and plants. I am especially lucky to work with sharp-as-tacks colleagues and interact with smart students who teach me new things.
Jennifer: Science is my avenue to teach others to better appreciate nature. I also enjoy the challenges science.