Meet the scientists you heard featured in the Sea Cucumber podcast. We have asked them a few questions about themselves. Here is what they had to say about life as a scientist.
From left to right: Alexander Kerr, Chris Mah and David “Paddy” Patterson.
Where do you work?
Alex: The Marine Laboratory, University of Guam
Chris: Department of Invert Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Paddy: Senior Scientist, Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution, Marine Biological Laboratory & Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
What do you study?
Alex: I search for new and little known species of coral-reef animals.
Chris: I study the biology, evolution, and biodiversity of sea stars, especially those in cold-water settings such as the deep-sea and/or Antarctica.
Paddy: I am a taxonomist who has been using his experience to build information management systems for biology
What are three titles you would give yourself?
Alex: zoologist, father, husband
Chris: "The Starfish Guy", "The guy that writes the Echinoblog", Collector of weird and strange things
Paddy: Taxonomist microbiologist ignoramus
What do you like to do when you are not working?
Alex: Hang out with my family, read philosophy, chew betel nut.
Chris: I am a big science fiction, comic book, and Saturday afternoon-monster fan.
Paddy: “What? When? Is that an option? Why did no-one tell me?”
What do you like most about science?
Alex: The chance to explore, discover and learn about nature, people and places the world over.
Chris: Exploration and discovery are the two most exciting things that I love about my science.
Paddy: Countering the forces for ignorance
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