In the morning, I wake up and make my way out to the field. At night, I come home and go to sleep. Then it happens all over again. It’s not a glamorous lifestyle by any means, but when you’ve been doing it for as long as we have – well over a decade – it just becomes routine. We’re talking about entomologists here – people who study insects! This might sound like an odd thing for an engineer to be passionate about, but let me explain…
entomologist is a term for a person who studies insects.
This is a blog about an entomologist who gave up a cushy engineering job to help the environment. As you may know, an entomologist is a term for a person who studies insects. The science of entomology is called “insect science.” Entomologists are also called insect scientists.
There are many different types of insects in the world and they’re all very interesting! Some have wings and some don’t; some can fly while others can’t; some can sting you while others cannot (although they might still want to bite). All these differences make each insect-type unique!
Insects can be classified by shape, size or behavior so it takes lots of patience in order for an entomologist (or scientist) to learn about them all!
It’s not easy working in the field like this.
The field work is not without its challenges. Though I often get to spend the entire day outside and working, the hours are long and the work can be physically demanding. I have to carry heavy equipment, sometimes over rugged terrain in extreme weather conditions or high heat and humidity. For example, when we were doing a biological control project for ants on an island off the coast of South Carolina, our boat was delayed due to bad weather conditions for three days straight before we could get back to land! The insects themselves also vary greatly from site-to-site—some places may have only one species of insect (the target species), whereas other areas might be overrun by thousands upon thousands of them!
It’s important that both entomologists and those who hire us take these risks into consideration when thinking about how best to conduct pest management programs across different regions.”
This work has important environmental implications, and these guys are the driving force behind it all.
I’m sure you have heard of the importance of insects in the environment. For example, they are a food source for other animals and also pollinate plants. Insects also play an important part in the ecosystem, carbon cycle, and food chain. But we don’t often think about how insects can help us because they are so small that they seem insignificant compared to larger animals like deer or bison. However, these tiny creatures do play an important role in our world!
So what does this mean? It means that when we lose insect populations due to deforestation and other forms of habitat destruction then it could lead us into a downward spiral where there aren’t enough nutrients available anymore for larger animals like ourselves because there aren’t as many places left for them either.”
Why would they leave cushy engineering jobs to come make $40k a year in the middle of nowhere?
These scientists have a lot in common with you and me. They were tired of sitting behind a desk, working on the same projects day after day, year after year. They wanted to do something that would make a difference. They wanted to be outside and in the field. They wanted to do something that was more meaningful for them personally, instead of just making their bosses richer. These scientists left comfortable jobs because they wanted to make an impact on the world around them—and we should too!
We sat with them over coffee to talk about their motivations.
They said it was a lot of hard work, but well worth it. They were passionate about their work and wanted to make a difference in the world.
I couldn’t help but wonder what would motivate me to give up my cushy engineering job with its coffee-and-book lifestyle for the people?
They told us that it was a lot of hard work, but well worth it.
You may have heard that it’s a lot of hard work, and you’d be right. But it’s also rewarding and fulfilling to know that you are making a difference in the world.
We were told that working with insects can be challenging at first. They told us that we need to adapt our mindset when dealing with this new lifestyle—whether we’re talking about diet, exercise or even hygiene! They said it takes dedication and determination but is well worth it in the end.
These guys are passionate about their work.
You probably know that people in the field of entomology are passionate about their work. But what does it mean to be passionate?
Passion is defined as “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or desire”. In this case, it means these guys are proud to be part of something bigger than themselves and committed to helping their communities and the planet at large. They’re motivated by the prospect of reducing pollution, conserving resources, and working towards a more sustainable future by eradicating pests from crops and homes alike (all while doing research that helps prevent disease). Their work energizes them!
If you want to make a difference in the world, there are many ways to do it. But if you’re looking for something that will challenge you and inspire your passion, then this is an option worth considering.