Ducklow, Principal Investigator
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Hugh is not working, he enjoys traveling, reading, running 20-25 miles
a week, cycling, and spending time with his family. He is also a long-time
Boston Red Sox fan. He answered these questions in August, 2001.
are you a scientist?
never really considered doing anything else. I got it in my head as
a kid that Id want to be a scientist. Then, when I was in college
during the 1970s, it was the time of the first Earth Day and many
environmental movements. Those environmental issues were a major influence
is the organized and systematic means people have to gain knowledge
and understanding about the world. It is a set of defined systems and
practices. Science is a human social activity, so it is also subject
to competition, jealousy, and other factors. It takes collaborationscientists
cant work in isolation. Scientists rely on the information and
data others have collected.
skills and qualities are necessary to be a scientist?
scientist must want to work on scientific problems and puzzles. Scientists
need to have curiosity and creativity. They also need to have perseverance
and motivation. Scientists need to have good oral and written communication
skills. They need to present their findings to others so they can see,
evaluate, and test the results. Scientists must have analytical skills,
and that includes good math skills.
is most enjoyable about your job?
love all the real science: getting the first idea, going to sea, making
measurements, analyzing data, making graphs, and writing the papers
about the data. I love going on cruises and working in the field. It
is a job with a lot of adventure and freedom. I couldnt have a
frustrations do you face with your job?
It is frustrating when things dont work. There are usually more
bad results in an experiment than good results. So, then we need to
start over. We need to ask several questions about the experiments:
did we do something wrong? What do we need to change? It is also frustrating
to do all the non-science, such as writing proposals and working on
administrative issues. At the most, I get to spend about 25% of my time
on real science and real data.
you have spare time while you are
in Antarctica, what do you plan to do?
Im taking several books. I like fiction, mysteries, science fiction,
and history. Ill be reading Dr. Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak,
and The First World War, by John Keegan.
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