This International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we wanted to introduce you to a few of our Zoo team members and get their insights on their fields. There are so many ways for women and girls to use their science degrees to impact the people and animals around them!
Meet Andrea Aubert, our Education Program Curator! To read more of our Women in Science profiles, check out this link.
Education: Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology
How did you choose your field? I chose marine biology because I love animals and the ocean, but I fell into the Zoo during my senior of college through work study. I fell in love with everything here and never left.
Did or do you have any female mentors or role models in your field? If so, how did they shape your career journey? In college there was a grad student I worked with on undergrad research, which gave me experience in different areas and knowledge when it came to research. As you can see, I ultimately did not go that route but without her help in knowing what all is involved in research who knows what path I could have gone in. When I first started at the Zoo, Kathy Moss, the education manager at the time and Allison Gordon, the teen coordinator at the time, were both very encouraging, easy to talk to and supportive of me going after what I wanted and to be creative, which definitely helped me as I moved forward here as someone right out of college. I have been at the Zoo 20 years this year.
How would you describe your work at the Zoo? Enjoyable, variety. I like how every day is different as some days I’m helping with a program, offsite at a farmers market or school, working on the computer, walking through the zoo interacting with guests, in meetings. It doesn’t get boring.
What do you enjoy about your job? I enjoying seeing someone experience a WOW moment and seeing an individual grow throughout the years with us in our programs.
What are some challenges about your work? Finding funding for our amazing school programs so more can participate
What advice do you have for girls or women who want to work in your field? Do what you love, don’t settle! The majority of your time is spent working, so follow your passion.
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