• Question: What is the most satisfying part of your job?

    Asked by BillmenH on 15 Jun 2021.
    • Photo: Patrick Adkins

      Patrick Adkins answered on 15 Jun 2021:


      Hi @BillmenH. For me the most satisfying part is getting to look closely at some of the overlooked and understudied species. when you get them under the microscope and have a close look they are almost always even stranger and more beautiful than I expect. for example today we had a little cuttlefish (Sepiola atlantica), they are quite similar to squid and octopus, and it looked lovely when we caught it on our boat. we then got it back to the lab and had a closer look and the colours in its eyes were amazing, blues and greens and reds, it looked like space! very cool, and very satisfying!

    • Photo: anon

      anon answered on 16 Jun 2021:


      It depends on the day, I think! Some days being able to quickly and easily process a large group of samples and generate really nice results is really satisfying, other days it can be getting poor DNA out of a sample that has been tricky and uncooperative. I really like experiencing the collaboration between different teams and being able to learning from the experience of so many people who are experts in their field (however small, some folks are incredibly niche). I also like opening ample tubes for the first time and seeing what’s inside – the information I get doesn’t include pictures, so getting a colourful insect or unusual marine organism is great.

    • Photo: Sam Rowe

      Sam Rowe answered on 30 Jun 2021:


      The thing I find most satisfying is getting to meet new people and sharing my love for science, hopefully giving everyone the chance to learn new things, get involved with the project, ask lots of questions and find out what working in science is like. It’s been hard to do that as much as I’d like with covid/pandemic so I’m really excited for when it’s safe to plan in-person events and start up those science conversations again! I also feel very lucky to meet and work with amazing scientists in Norwich and across the UK who are really passionate about the research they do and want to share what they’re up to with as many people as possible 🙂

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