Episode 14: Are you still a scientist?

Today we’re here to talk to you about that dreaded question everyone is probably asking you if you’re anywhere close to the stage Cari and I are at: “So what’s next?”.

Moving on from science is something I’ve been struggling with lately. If you want to read more about that struggle you can read about it here. I think we came to the conclusion that to be a scientists, not a researcher, you need to be employing the scientific method as a way to answer questions about the world. For example, you can ask a question, figure out a method for answering that question, and then analyze the information you learned to more fully understand that question.

I’m not sure how long I’ll still consider myself a scientist and those ideas may change, but I think the most difficult part is finding a new label for ourselves. I consider myself a community ecologist studying soil invertebrates, but in the next few months that won’t be my title. Hopefully I’ll have a new title…and not just unemployed person.

Finally, we spend a lot of time talking about burn out in this episode, but we’d love to hear your feelings on the topic of burn out. Have you ever felt burnt out during your career? Do you want to share with us? If you feel like sharing a moment where you’ve felt burnt out and how you overcame that we might be sharing them during our next episode.

If you’d like to reach out, please contact us on Twitter, email, or Facebook! All the comments will be anonomous unless you specify otherwise since this could be a touchy subject. Also, please rate us on Apple Podcasts. It would really give us a boost!

And as always, we’ll see you, we love you, goodbye!

Also here is the gopher tortoise that Cari saw while in Florida!


Gopher tortoises are important keystone species in the southeastern U.S. where they dig tunnels which serve as homes for other organisms (over 350 other organisms according to the Florida fish and wildlife conservation commission!). They are herbivores that munch on low growing plants and live in sandy areas. They are listened as threatened in Florida.

You can learn more about these guys on the Florida fish and wildlife conservation commission. They are a great resource if you want to learn more and help this species and others native to Florida!


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