This is what a (BMSC) scientist looks like

Amanda loves tide poolsby Amanda Kahn

What do you picture when you think of a scientist?  I recently read about the Draw-A-Scientist Test (DAST), which asks people to draw a picture of what they think scientists look like.  In one case, seventh graders were asked to draw a picture of a scientist before and after meeting scientists from the Fermi National Laboratory in the United States, with some interesting results.  Drawings made before the scientists’ visit involved lab coats, beakers, mad scientists, and mostly men.  Drawings afterwards showed men and women dressed in normal clothes, working in a lab, out in the field, or just looking like, well, a normal person!

Science doesn’t always have to happen in a lab.  In fact, it happens all over the place!  To do marine science, we go out on ships, to the intertidal zone, scuba diving, and yes, we do spend time in labs.  But sometimes labs are on ships, or in beautiful field stations like Bamfield.

Rix building

The Rix building at BMSC, which has lab space for us to work in, plus incredible views of Bamfield Inlet. Credit: A Kahn 2012

Check out some of the faces doing science at Bamfield below and decide for yourself what a scientist looks like.  And to see non-Bamfield scientists from around the world, check out This Is What A Scientist Looks Like, a tumblr site dedicated to “Change the perception of who and what a scientist is or isn’t.”

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