Wildlife Vocalizations: Alina Fisher

Fisher shares her advice on how to overcome imposter syndrome and adversity

Wildlife Vocalizations is a collection of short personal perspectives from people in the field of wildlife sciences.

My undergrad thesis supervisor once told me that, “the best way to be a scientist was to act like a scientist.”

Fisher collars a Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) as part of a nonlethal urban deer management research program in the municipality of Oak Bay, within greater Victoria, British Columbia. Credit: Alina C. Fisher

It’s much like “fake it ’til you make it,” but it helped me to keep going while battling imposter syndrome and adversity.

We all face adversity, but some tenacity can get you a long way. A lot of us second-guess our abilities and our professional worth—especially women—and the best way to overcome it is to acknowledge that those fears are unfounded and to just keep going.

Fisher during a mountaineering fieldwork training trip in 2019 among fellow researchers with the Mountain Legacy Project. This was taken at 5040 hut in Alberni-Claoquot, but the main research takes place along the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Credit: Alina C. Fisher

Don’t let disappointments or surprises derail you. Keep doing your science, enjoy learning (it’s a life-long process), and celebrate your successes.

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Header Image: Fisher stands next to an endangered Garry oak (Quercus garryana) meadow, one of her study sites for western bluebird (Sialia mexicana) reintroduction project on southern Vancouver Island. Credit: TJ Watt