Chiuchiolo, Graduate Student
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Amy isnt studying or working, she can be found cycling, waterskiing,
or hiking. She also enjoys going to the gym for a workout. Amy participates
in cycling races. Amy answered these questions in August, 2001.
are you a scientist?
like research. I like being out in the field and in the lab. It is interesting
to find out answers to questions. I like the environmental aspects of
science. Ive done fieldwork in a rainforest and Ive worked
in an eco-toxicology lab.
is asking questions and finding answers.
skills and qualities are
necessary to be a scientist?
lot of science is repetitive, so you need to be able to do things over
and over. For example, you might need to count bugs many times as replicates
of an experiment. It is important to be precise. You cant say
"this is good enough". You cant contaminate things,
for example. When entering data (in a computer or on a lab sheet), you
have to check things over a lot. You have to be very careful with details.
You have to be imaginative, too, in thinking up projects. A scientist
has to be curious, always wanting to find answers to interesting questions.
is most enjoyable about your job?
like the lab work and the fieldwork. I like getting results from an
experiment. I enjoy plotting graphs and working up the data.
frustrations do you face with your job?
you go out to make field observations,
what do you plan to do when you arent working?
take books to read, and Ill listen to books on CD. Ill use
the exercise equipment in the workout room, and Ill take photographs.
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