CSO Vrutik, Kenya

The main purpose of Zoom in on Science calls is for students to learn more about careers and fields that involve STEM by directly communicating with professionals involved in different careers.

Randy Klabacka is a museum specialist and a herpetologist working at Auburn University. His passion for herpetology started in his backyard where he and his brothers would catch lizards and he also loved digging fossils.

One fact that I learned from him about herpetology is that there are many breeds and mixed breeds of lizards. Some species of lizards are either only male or only female, and that is interesting because I am curious how they reproduce.

I personally learned a lot from the call. One point I would love to share is that we humans aren’t the only ones. There are so many organisms in our surroundings and we don’t even care about them; they are invisible to us. Our activities daily cause so much damage to many species and we can’t imagine their pain and sorrows.

As Mr. Randy said in that Zoom call, “If every individual would do something little to stop or narrow down the risks of losing animal species like less electricity consumption, we would collectively save organisms from extinction and the world would be a better place than we know it now.”

I would highly recommend my fellow classmates and friends to attend Zoom In On Science calls frequently because it helps us understand the impacts of specific jobs to modern life. This is important because, when we understand different jobs, we also broaden our understanding towards how the world works and it becomes easier to choose the career path to get involved in.

Click here to learn more about becoming a Chief Science Officer and joining programs like Zoom in on Science (and many others!).

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