Ever since i started high school I knew what i wanted to be, a zoologist. Zoology is the study of animals, which can be seperated into animal behaviour, animal physiology, animal biosciences, animal anatomy etc. I’ve always felt a strong connection to animals and i’m pretty sure i can communicate to them although people don’t believe it. Depending on your career, a zoologist’s day-to-day work can vary from being out in the wild, to conducting tests in a lab. But no matter the job, the things we learned in our interdisciplinary studies class will be extremely helpful and crucial to the success of a zoologist.
Although it is the best part of the job, being with animals and taking care of not the only thing this career requires. Zoology requires amount of research and documentation. This aspect can be enhanced and done so much easier with the skills we learned in our interdisciplinary course. Using key words for doing research on the web could make all the difference. For example, instead of searching « effects of DDT on birds. » it would be way more helpful to search « effects of DDT on Ravens in Minnesota. » to get more precise and raven-specific information. Even a search like: « DDT » AND « ravens » AND « Minnesota » would be extremely helpful to reduce the amount of useless sources and sites you get from google or whatever engine you use.
Since there are so many different types and categories of animals, creating collections in an application like mendeley would make it easier to get to whatever information you need easier. For example, you could make a « mammal », a « reptile », a « bird » collection etc.
These skilled could also be implemented into the publishment of an article or research paper. When writing a document (especially the title) a zoologist needs to use the write choice of words so that a student or another researcher may find it easier while using certain key words.
To summarize, it is crucial for zoologists so have advanced research and documentation skills. In fact, the same goes for almost any scientific career. Because most of science is just observation, research, and documentation. So the skills and strategies we learned in IDP are very valuable in a career like zoology.