MISCONCEPTIONS

Misconception: Marine biologists vacation for ‘work’

My friends and family never believe me when I say I’m not on vacation when I’m working for months in the coral reefs of French Polynesia, or some other remote location. BUT, relaxation is a distant thought when you’re doing field research that demands the highest mental, physical, and emotional fortitude! Yep, doing science for

Misconception: Marine Biologists All Study Whales & Dolphins

Whales and dolphins? Amazing! Playing with them all day? Sadly, not part of my job description… Many believe that all marine biologists study whales and dolphins for a living and have the luxury of playing with or even training these animals all day. Let’s be clear, studying whales and dolphins IS an option when you’re

Misconception: Scientists have Hidden Agendas

Claiming scientists seek something other than the truth is like saying: “Hey, I’m a liar.” There are people out there (*cough* politicians *cough*) that suggest that the science scientists do is influenced by ulterior motives, namely money and a need for acceptance. News flash: scientists LIVE for the pursuit of the TRUTH – any money

Misconception: Scientists are all Old White Guys

Despite what you’ve heard, becoming a scientist does not mean you will morph into an old, white guy. Here’s a secret worth spreading: scientists come in all shapes and sizes, and you need not be an old white dude to be a scientist. It’s true that historically, it was a privilege (for those with money)

Misconception: Scientists are Geeks

Scientists aren’t the ‘enigmatic geniuses’ that Hollywood pegs us as. Listen up – you might even save science (and the world) in the process! No doubt, many, many scientists have geeky tendencies, like calling out the scientific names of organisms we encounter or using ‘orders of magnitude’ in everyday speak. But to assume that the

Misconception: Science is Boring

Saying ‘science is boring’ is like saying ‘baby pandas aren’t cute’. It is utter NONSENSE. After over 10 years in the science game, I can tell you that ‘science’ is very misunderstood. I don’t blame people; frankly, I thought science was insanely boring growing up – who cares about all these facts?! It wasn’t until