• Question: @all scientists why did you become interested in science

    Asked by olivia and hallie to Joanna, Luis, Vincent on 17 Jun 2016. This question was also asked by lion99, panda13.
    • Photo: Joanna Bagniewska

      Joanna Bagniewska answered on 17 Jun 2016:

      I always really liked animals, and wanted to find out more about them. As a child, I had a lot of books about animals, which sparked my curiosity. Funnily enough, I found biology in school to be really boring, because I did not care about the little things inside cells that we had to learn about (our school did not teach us much about animals as whole organisms). Still, I continuously read about animals, especially small mammals – I found it fascinating that there are so many, and they are so diverse. I guess I just liked knowing things 🙂
      Nobody in my family is a scientist, and in fact, my parents weren’t that happy with my choice of career, they thought I’d be better off as a lawyer or a medical doctor. It was only last year, when I was going on a field course to South Africa with my students to look at leopards, that my mum finally said: wow, you really do have the coolest job in the world.

    • Photo: Luis Perez Calderon

      Luis Perez Calderon answered on 22 Jun 2016:

      Because I have always been very curious. I like learning and discovering new things and I think that that is what science is all about, to learn more about the world.

    • Photo: Vincent Keenan

      Vincent Keenan answered on 23 Jun 2016:

      I really like solving problems and asking different questions, this is the job of a scientist! So I was always inclined to become a scientist! I’m a mathematician so I try and use maths to answer scientific questions and think this is really cool! 🙂