It’s a common assumption that a person with a science degree is going to become a science researcher. But I’ve found that this isn’t true—there are many students of science interested in other career paths, and many options available to them.
I’ve loved ecology since I was old enough to say “rainforest.” My childhood coloring pages were of endangered species. Our family vacations were to national parks. Years later, I worked summers as a field assistant to scientists, and fell in love with tallgrass prairies, floodplain forests, and Mojave scrub while I tromped around collecting data. I couldn’t have wished for more perfect adventures. “Ecologist” has always seemed like my clear calling. And sometime in the next year I’ll have my Ph.D. from Michigan State to make it official.