masters student – curious about taxonomy?

masters student – curious about taxonomy?

Hi all,

So, I’ve always been drawn to invertebrate zoology and I know that I’d like my thesis (and most likely my future career) to be in that field. However, I swear every year I change my mind regarding exactly which direction I’ll go. From water quality monitoring, insects as vectors of diseases, to conservation, everything I’ve had experience with has been super enticing. I guess I still don’t know entirely what I’d like to do career wise, and I like the idea of having broad skills and experiences.

Anyways, I’m currently a masters student, and we are required to do a ~10week research project before we tackle our thesis. I’ve stumbled upon an opportunity to join a working group and do at least one species description as a part of a much larger project regarding endemic aquatic invertebrates. I think it sounds super interesting! I’ve always been interested in taxonomy, but I don’t have any experience with it. The guy in charge of the project told me that this would be a great chance for me to see if taxonomy is for me and if it is, he’s very sure that I’d be able to end up working with him for my thesis. However, it seems that if you choose the taxonomy route, you’re forever a taxonomist as I’m personally not familiar with any ecologist/taxonomists.

Does anyone have any input on this? Is it possible to do really do both? I guess I worry about specializing too much in a certain field as I don’t want to limit myself.

PS it’s late and I’m exhausted, and hope I’m making sense haha. Just looking for a little bit of input 🙂

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