What do you do with a B.S. in Ecology?

I was always an okay student. I graduated high school and college (as of yesterday) with no particular distinctions. My favorite classes in high school were science and English, which then became the subjects of my major and minor respectively. I was a mediocre student, but I genuinely loved to learn.

I always thought experiments were the coolest things ever. That’s why while the rest of my classmates dreaded double-period labs I enjoyed them. So I entered U of R as biochemistry major, combining my two favorite (or at the very least, not physics) science subjects into one major. Then came Bio 112. One frustrating professor, class, and C+ later, I almost lost my love of science.

I almost gave up being a biology major altogether to pursue my other passion, creative writing, but I held out for one semester and with the next bio course came a new professor and a new focus: Ecology. I loved the crap out of ecology. It didn’t seem like a bunch of people in lab coats huddled around a microscope, it was real people, going outdoors and gathering data and still making the same impact in the scientific community.  By the end of my freshman year, I was determined to be an ecology and evolutionary biology major, because I found a department who focused more on the joy of discovery than competition for med schools. In my ecology classes, I was never asked to memorize incredibly complex pathways, I was simply asked to use my critical thinking and use my knowledge to make viable conclusions. This was what I wanted from my scientific education, and I’m blessed to have received it.

Before I sign off I want to leave with my favorite science quote:

“Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”

Yes, that is from Agent Kay in Men in Black, but it raises a good point. What we know today is not what we will know tomorrow and that is what makes science awesome!

I will also leave a webcomic from “Surviving the World.” It is scientific, it is thought-provoking, and sometimes just plain funny. This one is called “Teaching Beginnings” and I think is worth the laugh. Thankfully we have the guidance from the amazing Warner faculty and know not to use the tips below.


Bye for now! Go GRS!

7 thoughts on “What do you do with a B.S. in Ecology?

  1. I love the webcomic, as well as the quote! I feel the quote embraces why I love science so much. Thanks for the laugh.

  2. Love the quote that you included from Men in Black – so powerful. And the reasons you were drawn to ecology and evolutionary biology are similarly powerful – Keep those forefront for all of us as we travel these 15 months together.

    When I finished reading your blog, I read your blog title… If you give a cohort a blog… and I LAUGHED OUT LOUD. That’s awesome!


  3. I love reading everyone’s stories! What made you want to become a teacher?

    I love your ‘If you give a cohort a blog’ title!

  4. I’m so glad you stuck it out despite your terrible class. Just goes to show the power a teacher has over their students. And what a shame it is for students who just get one bad teacher after another and have any potential love of science beaten out of them. On the plus side at least now you have both models of good teachers as well as one bad teacher!

  5. Love that quote!!! It perfectly describes the “nature of science.” Also, BIO112 was a killer for me. I’m glad you had the guts that I didn’t (at that point of school) to continue in Bio. Props!

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