Wildlife Vocalizations is a collection of short personal perspectives from people in the field of wildlife sciences.
My definition of success in life and as a biologist is a shapeshifter. Early in my student and professional career my focus was on education, field experience, and publishing research. As I’ve moved into mid-career status I focus more on the intangibles – the collaborative relationships, bringing people together and building up the careers of others, expanding my leadership skills, and contributing to a professional culture where all feel valued. The foundation of well-thought out and disciplined science is there and underpins all I do, but now I truly understand what others mean when they say wildlife conservation “is about the people.” Success is cultivating the curiosity about the natural world, about people, and all the things that motivate people to weave them into conservation action. For me, being a successful biologist is not about counting the publications or grant dollars, but it is about leaving a legacy of inclusion and personal growth.
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