After recalling their close encounters with male Right Whales in the Bay of Fundy with our host Ari Daniel Shapiro, we asked scientists Susan Parks and Scott Kraus to answer a few questions. Take a minute to meet these adventurous scientists as they share what they love about science.
Where do you Work?
Susan: I am a Research Associate, at the Applied Research Laboratory, at the Pennsylvania State University.
Scott: I am the Vice President of Research at the New England Aquarium in Boston,Massachusetts.
What do you study?
Susan: I study the behavior and sound production of large whales.
Scott: I am a whale biologist who got forced into oceanography, bycatch, and habitat studies because whales have to live somewhere!
What are three titles you would give yourself?
Susan: bioacoustician, ecologist, educator
Scott: Foodie, skier, evolutionary biologist
What do you like to do when you are not working?
Susan: Hike, ride horses, travel
Scott: Cooking (and eating!) great food, skiing (and falling down) large steep mountains, and tramping around in the outdoors.
What do you like most about studying whales?
Susan: Exploring the unknown. Whales can be found in all the world's oceans but so many basic questions about their biology and behavior remain unanswered. Many species of whales are also endangered, so being able to do science that contributes to their conservation is very rewarding.
Scott: I love the opportunity to satisfy my curiosity about the way the biological world works, and I particularly love being at sea - its endlessly mysterious, surprising, and calming, all at once.