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Are you ever bored with what you are doing?
Question Date: 1998-03-09
Answer 1:

Hardly ever bored, nope. But tired because I have a lot of work to do--yes, sometimes!

Answer 2:

Not yet!!As the Collector/Naturalist for the UCSB Marine Lab I am diving in the ocean 3-4 days a week. The other days I am around scientists with whom I am constantly interacting with. And then of course there are your questions to answer!

Answer 3:

I don't know if I would call it bored. Sometimes there are things I have to do that aren't too interesting. Some days I am more motivated than other days.

Answer 4:

The really boring parts for me are the paperwork (getting permits and funding) and entering data onto the computer. In science, you generally have to do or measure the same thing repeatedly to see what happens each time. For example, if you want to know what types of plants are growing in a particular place, you have to spend a lot of time identifying and counting them. Sometimes this is dull, but then you get to look at information that NOBODY has ever seen before. Sometimes I get results that are totally different from what I expect. That's really exciting. You don't always know what the data mean when you're collecting them. Sometimes you just can't see the big picture or something is hidden from you (a "double blind" experiment). Taking a look at your data after you have spent months collecting it is like opening a surprise package. Sometimes it's exactly what you expected, sometimes it's different but even better, sometimes it's disappointing, but opening the box is always fun.

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