Another Botanical Trip
I'll soon be off on another botanical expedition, this time to the eastern Siskiyous. Someone recently asked me "why botany?" The answer is simple. Native plant ecology (and ecosystem studies in general) is a lot more challenging and complex than dealing with software, which makes it more rewarding. It requires more holistic thinking, deals more with emergent properties than reductionist approaches, it's important to everyone, and it allows me to work on my farmer's tan.
Why this and not something else, say molecular cell biology where I got my start? Because it's more challenging than poking around in DNA, and field biologists seem to have a lot more fun than gengineers, glow-in-the-dark mice and fish notwithstanding. It must be the fluorescent lighting that brings people down. Genentech had real nice offices, but the lighting...
Posted by Mark Thursday, June 26, 2003 12:22:00 AM |