My typical day is spent here:
|Pano of my office. I have a window! I use a standing desk (sit on stool or stand), yoga ball chair, or regular |
chair (if I toggle my desk into the lower height option). I like options.
|Many maps of WV showing many different things I need to do my job.|
|Paper machete snail that does not accurately represent our|
federally listed snail that is endemic to the state
|My standing desk in the stand position. Bat poster behind.|
But sometimes my office space is much cooler.
Like earlier in the summer when I got to go whitewater rafting on the Upper Gauley (world class Class V whitewater) to find a federally threatened plant species:
|Virginia spiraea, the Pillow Rock rapid, raft guide and botanist looking at our next site to visit on the ipad|
Or that one time (also earlier this summer) when I got to fly in a helicopter (my first time) to participate in a flyover of a proposed pipeline right-of-way through sensitive habitats:
|Helicopters are so cool!|
Or when I went to trap federally listed endangered bats to help gather genetic samples for a research project (no bats were harmed!):
The many hours put in as a desk biologist are very worth it because I gain opportunities in the field like the above. Also, I very much know how much of a difference I make by sitting at my desk day-to-day. Knowing that I make such a big difference makes everything worth it!