From The Observer News
My friends and family know that in the “working world” I wear many different hats. If you were to find me during the day, you would have to brave the burn and the stench of acid and other chemicals; grease and tools from repairs and of course my motley crew of employees who always keep me laughing. If you were to come knocking at night, you would have to comb the beaches, putting up with the stink of red tide on occasion and the fresh and albeit unique smell of turtle hatchlings. If you spied me on my day off, you would find my head in books, writing and writing some more for my doctorate and researching and photographing for my articles. Some people would say that I do too much and need to slow down, but I think I have it pretty good. I enjoy all of my jobs and get satisfaction from everything that I do. Although I dropped out of my chemistry class in high school, I love mixing chemicals and helping people with their water needs—I even wow the kids with the changing colors at our test station, bringing them closer to the world of science.
Karey and her dad John at the turtle farm on Grand Cayman.
When I am out on the beach and get a chance to talk to visitors, tourists or residents about sea turtles and conservation, I do my best to bring those individuals closer to science. The same can be said about my research and my articles—I want to make science accessible to everyone. I must say that I used to be scared of science. All of the memorization, facts, anatomy stuff, chemical equations and physics problems used to make my head spin. It was too much for my pea-brain to handle because I never knew how it connected to me or my life. I have found numerous ways to connect with science and it can be found in all of my jobs whether done during the day or at night. And hopefully, through my work I can help connect others with science so they can see that science is all around.
A trip this past December took us to Grand Cayman Island where we participated in a whirlwind tour of the local scenery making a stop at their famous turtle farm. Here our group and hundreds of other groups a day got a chance to get up close and personal with Green sea turtles. We saw them in several different stages of life, from hatchlings to adult turtles that were rescued and will be released. We each had the chance to learn about what these creatures meant to the native people of the island and how important they are for the ecosystem. I even got to lay my hands on a few. I am already a science geek, but I looked around and saw that there were a lot of people being inspired because the science of turtle conservation was being brought to light in a way that was understandable to all.
I know that some people turn their noses up at jobs in the science field, and they are right; some of the jobs are downright disgusting and unpalatable. In honor of these people, the magazine Popular Science has come out with their top 10 list of the most undesirable jobs in the science field. Some of them actually don’t sound so bad to me, but you judge for yourself. You can see the list and interesting job descriptions from those in the field by visiting www.popsci.com. In the meantime, I will mix chemicals, let turtles run free, read, write, photograph and pretty much do anything else that has a science twist.
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