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Photo of Bernd Heinrich Meet Bernd Heinrich.

He's a biologist who studies the secret lives of ravens. How cool is that?!
Question Why did you decide to become a biologist?
Answer I didn't really "decide" to become a scientist. I followed my passions.
Question What do you do during a typical day at work?
Answer There is no typical day at work. For months it might be teaching Then months of making observations/experiments in the field or laboratory. Then months of writing.
Question What do you enjoy most about your work? Is there anything about it you don't like?
Answer I enjoy, most of all, being close to nature and solving puzzles. I like, least of all, the distractions that occupy about 90% of my time.
Question If I'm a student thinking about a career in biology, what can I do now to prepare?
Answer If I were a student thinking about making a career like mine, I would try to resist fitting into money-minded research programs that the universities are pushing. I'd find out what others aren't doing, develop a passion and follow it. And I'd get a Ph.D. and take every biology class offered.

If you would like to know more about Bernd Heinrich, you can read his biography and check out the questions he answered for Animal Einsteins (Show 903) in the Ask the Scientists section.


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