Experiential Science Education - Yanayacu, Ecuador 2010

Sarah Wolff

Hometown:  Cheyenne, Wyoming

University/Department:  Graduate student at Pennsylvania State University in anthropology, sexual selection.  Adjunct teacher of anthropology at Laramie County Community College.

Why did you decide to go on the Yanayacu Research Trip?  My family came here as a group.  I had taken one course on evolution and was curious about cloud forests.

What was the most important thing you learned?  Insects are such niche fillers, the idea of hyperparasitism:  a parasite growing out of a parasite.  There is a tremendous variation within parasites that you see around here.

How has this experience changed you?   I'm not so scared on moths anymore, not I just barely flinch.

What are your plans for the future?  I'm finishing up may master's in anthropology, and I plan on applying for a PhD in forensic anthropology.

What advice would you give a young scientist?  Science is everywhere, for everyone.  People have a idea that science is boring, but it's not.  It's exciting, basically every problem can be solved by science.

If you would like to ask Sarah a question about science please send her an email at:  wolffsarae@gmail.com