The Natural History Museum is home to more than 300 scientists who spend their days inside collections, storeroom and labs at the Museum.
For me science is all about problem solving, which is why it’s so important to have people from a diverse range of back grounds working together. New perspectives and different ways of thinking about problems lead to innovation and advancement, which is why it’s so important that we continue to support and encourage women and minorities in STEM.Dr Lyndsey Fox, Postdoctoral Researcher
The Museum is a British institution in the truest sense of the word, and their researchers are answering some of the most significant questions about life on Earth.
I love working in science. I often wake up wanting to come to work, to see if my experiment worked or to try something new. I sometimes describe my job as poncing about in a white coat because I play about with DNA until it works. In a very controlled and scientific way of course! I never say, ‘eureka!’. More often I say, ‘it doesn’t work’, but that’s science. Andie Hall, Research Assistant
As part of their WomenInStem series, the museum is sharing stories from female scientists about how they began their careers, their advice for budding scientists and what they love about their jobs!
I have always been interested in history, but after reading Lucy by Donald Johanson aged 13, I realised I was interested in the human story: how we evolved, and how our behaviour and beliefs changed. Holding old specimens or artefacts is a privilege and the starting point for questions and clues about our past. Dr Silvia Bello, Researcher
So far the series has talked to Lucy Robinson, Citizen Science Programme Manager; Dr Isabel Fenton, Postdoctoral Researcher; Dr Isabel Fenton, Postdoctoral Researcher; Dr Lyndsey Fox, Postdoctoral Researcher; Dr Zerina Johanson, Merit Researcher and Head of Division for Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology; Dr Silvia Bello, Researcher; Dr Ana Riesgo Gil, Research Leader; and Dr Xiaoya Ma, Research Fellow.
Explore the full stories at nhm.ac.uk – it is well worth the read.