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I think it was Fashion Week somewhere in the world last week.  I thought about how Dressing for the Field is both a matter of practicality an expression. LOL

Wardrobe basics:

Gum boots, a rainy season must in Tanzania

Wearing my field hat. Sun protection is a must.

Now to assemble outfits.

Gum boots & blue!

Me, next to my truck, wearing my red! ooh la la!

Seriously, I enjoy wearing simple, comfortable color coordinated clothes while in the field. It makes me feel like me plus it helps me stand out a bit. I like that. More on Dressing for the Field at a blog post I shared last year, here.

DNLee About the Author: DNLee is a biologist and she studies animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology . She uses social media, informal experiential science experiences, and draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups. Follow on Twitter @DNLee5.

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  1. 1. rkipling 12:30 pm 11/3/2013

    I went back to some of these older blog posts of yours. I already understood you were super bright. The video on this post gave me a bit more insight into who you are. Now okay, I understand that my view is of no value, but allow me to share an observation anyway.

    You may not consider it so, but your challenge to convention with an elegantly simple and economical solution is a big deal. There are quite a few intelligent people, not enough but you can find them. Intelligent people who just naturally say to themselves, “I’ve got a simpler, cheaper, and better way to do this, then do it.” are not that easy to find. I’m sure you already know this, but it wouldn’t hurt to emphasize it with those you mentor. These folks will likely end up running their own businesses, but they are exactly who I want in my company while they gain experience.

    You will probably think this is presumptuous on my part for saying it, but I’m going to say it anyway. It’s not too late to go into engineering. You may not care about making more money, but you could make a much greater impact on the world in industry or business than studying rats.

    Unsolicited advice aside, people need to enjoy their work. My daughter started out in engineering and eventually changed to art. She earned a couple of graduate degrees in art and was hired by a museum right out of school. She just got a huge promotion with another museum on the west coast (double the salary.) We are very proud (of her achievement not the money.) I contend the couple of years studying engineering helped.

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