• Question: what do you like about biology?

    Asked by aced499bed on 20 Feb 2024. This question was also asked by gate499fee.
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      Isabelle Secord answered on 20 Feb 2024:


      As an animal lover, I love learning about animals’ behaviour and their environment! I had a wonderful opportunity to study little brown bats in Canada over the summer and I loved working outside, in nature, in the natural habitat of the bats! Bats are nocturnal so I had to stay up all night and sleep during the day to study these mammals as they were active and hunting insects at night. As a biology student I am really interested in field work, and I hope I can conduct some more nature research in my final year of my degree.

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      Emma Weir answered on 21 Feb 2024:


      I love learning how the human body works and what goes wrong in diseases.

      I used to like chemistry and physics too, but I’m not a fan of really complicated maths, and there’s a lot more maths in those subjects than biology!

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      Zoe Vance answered on 21 Feb 2024:


      I like how messy it is! Compared to some of the other sciences where there can be a number of laws (for example, say, the laws of motion) that you can rely on, living things really love to produce exceptions. If something can work (that is, it doesn’t kill the living thing or prevent it making babies) then it probably exists somewhere! I think working around this kind of messiness when trying to explain the world around us makes biology a really interesting and exciting field.

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      David McGonigle answered on 21 Feb 2024:


      I guess I’m not really a biologist: but I do still approach all my work from the perspective of wanting to know ‘how’ the brain/nervous system solves problems.

      By this, I don’t really mean crosswords or wordles or trivia: a ‘problem’ in neuroscience can be ‘how do the eyes and the muscles in the arm work together to hit a tennis ball/pick up a hot mug/play an instrument according to sheet music’. I can say that we still don’t truly appreciate the complexity of these things…

      But also, as Isabelle notes below, I love animals, and find animal behaviour fascinating. On my very wet walk to work today (hello, other residents of Cardiff!) I was listening to someone talk about their work on the ‘wolverine frog’: which seems to be able to produce claws (bone claws, though, not keratin claws like cats and dogs) that literally rip out of its body when attacked. Yes: like Wolverine out of the X-Men…I mean, how can you NOT find that cool?!

      I’ll never stop being amazed and fascinated at what i learn from my job, and from other peoples’ passions…

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      Savanna van Mesdag answered on 29 Feb 2024:


      There are lots of things I like about biology, but one of my absolute favourite things is the amount and variety of species we have on our planet. This is basically called “biodiversity” and it can be calculated and measured in lots of dfiferent ways by different scientists and other interested people. An area with lots of species can be called ‘biodiverse’, meanwhile an area that does not have many species may be referred to as being ‘species poor.’ I am very interested in areas of science which involve studying as well as improving and/or maintaining biodiversity, especially in habitats which are under threat from development or change.

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      Tanya Riley answered on 29 Feb 2024:


      As a marine scientist I find biology endlessly fascinating because it allows us to explore the mysteries of life beneath the waves. Understanding how different marine creatures interact with their environment helps us appreciate the delicate balance of ocean ecosystems. What’s really cool is that studying biology isn’t just about learning facts; it’s also about going out into the field, diving into the ocean, and discovering new things firsthand. Plus, knowing more about marine biology opens up exciting opportunities where you can explore the ocean, protect marine life, and make a difference in the world.

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      Carmen Whitehead answered on 1 Mar 2024:


      I studied Human Biology because I enjoyed learning how my body works! It’s so fascinating to me! Plus, I like to ask why and how questions about things.

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      Amy Stockwell answered on 1 Mar 2024:


      I hated biology at school, because I faint at the thought of blood. I got through school science by being very good at chemistry and physics.

      But at the moment I am working on projects about the environmental impacts of farming and am learning a lot about plant science. So I’m having to learn lots of plant biology. It is really interesting.

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      Martin McCoustra answered on 1 Mar 2024:


      I’ll be honest… I never liked biology at school always focussing more on maths, physics and chemistry. However, in recent years, I’ve come to collaborate with biologist on aspect of chemical processes in the environment and it has been both interesting and productive. It been a nice example of where our own knowledge of our specialisms was integrated well together.

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      Christie Waddington answered on 4 Mar 2024:


      I was always interested in evolution and genetics, particularly genetic diseases when I was younger. It’s amazing that one letter change in your DNA can result in a weird disease. But same with nature – we share most of our DNA with chimpanzees but we’re so different! As I got older and learnt more, I wanted to know more and more about how it all worked and it’s really really clever! Everything works together at the same time to make us who we are. Even trees have ways of communicating!

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      Alexander de Bruin answered on 4 Mar 2024:


      I love the way biology can describe such highly complex systems and still do quantitative analysis and research.

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      Amy Rattenbury answered on 8 Mar 2024:


      What I love about biology, especially from my unique standpoint in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology, is its profound ability to tell stories from the past. Biology, to me, is not just a study of life and living organisms; it’s a gateway to understanding human history, culture, and evolution through the bones and remains we uncover. Each skeleton or set of remains is like a time capsule, holding secrets about the individual’s life, the society they lived in, and the challenges they faced.

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      Michael Schubert answered on 22 Mar 2024:


      I love that it’s such a broad discipline. It covers everything that’s alive, everything that ever was alive, everything that’s in our own bodies, all of medicine… it’s exciting! I also love that there are always such interesting things to do in biology: study our own cells in a lab, discover new bacteria and viruses, develop new treatments and cures for diseases, find out new things about dinosaurs, understand animal behaviours and how to protect them… the fun never ends.

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