Quoting the illustrious words of a rapping legend, (one which despite his unfortunate mix-up with a gummy bear army), I hold quite near and dear to my heart…
“Let’s take a journey…”
Unlike Snoop, however, my journey is of a different, more watery flavor. As some of you may or may not know, I am currently on my way to becoming what some people refer to as a “Marine Biologist.” Other lost souls, such as certain grad students I know, have been known to call this profession by more prolific and explicit names of which I am unable to mention here due to censorship laws. But beyond that, it is what I always wanted to be when I grew up, so here I am…on my way.
Although slightly and admittedly new to the game, I have picked up some tidbits here and there on my chosen career path such as what’s expected, what I have to look forward to in the future and what I have to avoid at all necessary costs (interestingly this list is somewhat longer than the others). All in all, I am still here and the horror stories haven’t trumped my call to the big blue brine just yet.
At any rate, despite my short time playing the game, I have learned one very important lesson. Most academics in the field of science, although highly knowledgeable, lack proper communication skills. Sure, they can bust out a decent 10 page paper about some god awful subject and publish it in Ecology for the select few in the scientific community to appreciate…but what about the 6 billion other people on the planet who have no idea that sea urchins and sea cucumbers are related? What about them? They need to know how cool science can be too! Why we love it so much…Why we spend our lives (and tax payer dollars) dedicated to finding the answers to life’s great little mysteries. They need to know and we need to tell them.
Thus, DJ’s Locker was born. Adding a somewhat more funky vibe to the scientific blog-o-sphere, I am putting in my two cents as it were (and trying to learn a bit myself). Telling everyone and anyone who will listen how bad ass marine science actually is and giving them a reason, multiple actually, why they should care about our oceans. From pictures to policy, conservation to cone snails, rappers to wrasses. Wait…rappers? Oh yes. It’s a new generation of scientists ladies and gentlemen. Join me on the journey…its going to be one hell of a ride.
And just because I feel like dancing….