Meet Heather Craig and Dr. Steven Ampstrup, the scientists you heard featured in our Polar Bear podcast. We asked them a few questions about themselves and here is what they had to say about life as a scientist.
Where do you work?
Heather: Fish and Wildlife Service Seasonal Biological Technician. Biology student at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho,USA
Steve: United States Geological Survey (USGS), Alaska Science Center
What do you study?
Heather: I participated in post-breeding shorebird surveys along the coast of the Beaufort Sea in Alaska.
Steve: Minimizing the impact of the ever enlarging human footprint on the rest of life on earth.
What are three titles you would give yourself?
Heather: Biology student, adventurer, naturalist
Steve: Ecologist, conservationist, Husband and Father
What do you like to do when you are not working?
Heather: When I am not in school or doing research, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, hiking and boating. I also love reading and spending time with my friends and family.
Steve: I do my own home renovations/improvements, and soon will be building a new home. My favorite recreational pursuits include hunting, fishing, camping skiing and other outdoor activities.
What do you like most about science?
Heather: I love having the opportunity to get off the beaten path and satisfy my sense of discovery. Through my work I have explored remote locations and seen rare species throughout Alaska, the western US and South America. These are experiences that I will always treasure.
Steve: Field work-every season, even after 29 years, seeing wild polar bears roaming on the sea ice makes me catch my breath. Writing papers-contributing knowledge that can help managers and policy makers improve conservation efforts.