The Life of a Scientist

Discover ZSL's series of Science Careers videos, featuring researchers from ZSL's institute of Zoology as they discuss what they study, why they pursued a career in science and the best parts of their job.

From animal farts to icebergs, these videos give insight into what it's really like working as a scientist, linking curriculum to careers and showing that you don't necesarily need to be a whizz at science in school to have a wildlife career and work with animals. 


Episode 1 - What lives at the bottom of the deep Greenland sea?

Join us for the first of ZSL's Science Careers Videos to meet Research Fellow Dr Chris Yesson and hear all about his work - featuring carnivorous sponges, iceberg collisions and the oldest vertebrate in the world!


Episode 2 - Why champion the less loved creatures?

Our next Science Careers Video features Research Fellow Dr. Monika Böhm, lover of the under-appreciated species! Join us as she explains just how you work out how endangered a species is, and why freshwater creatures need a lot of conservation attention.


Episode 3 - From field work to animal farts...

This week's Science Careers Video features Post Doctoral Researcher and popular science author Dr. Dani Rabaiotti, expert on all things African wild dog (and also animal farts). Watch to find out how she went from writing an autobiography at the age of ten to a New York Time Bestseller in 2017!


Episode 4 - Do sharks use oyster cards?

This week we speak to Research Fellow Dr. David Jacoby all about sharks! Find out about the technology used to explore the behaviours of these toothy fish and hear David's great advice on why to nurture your skills alongside your passion.

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