Evolution biologists, ecologists, epidemiologists, earth scientists, herpetologists …
I obviously didn’t know what I was getting into when I posted the first of many Geek Taxonomy entries. This led to many disgruntled comments and emails from all the non-bench biologists. People wanted to know why I omitted their particular specialty. Look I can only make fun of those I know. Others complained “I’m a geneticist studying biomechanics of Xenopus eye deformation, with an interest in evo-devo”. (more below the fold)
Very nice, but you used the word “geneticist” – that term implies a certain type of research and implies a batch of techniques, quirks and traits. Yes none of us are pure cell biologists or biochemists, but (for example) I do not consider myself a molecular biologist. My post was just an attempt to explain these specialties to the layman. (Although I’m sure that 80% of the readers of this blog are not laymen … but that’s besides the point).
Soooo … in the interest of the wider and greater Taxonomy of Geek projects, I’m calling on all you disgruntled scientists to please submit your entries for the Taxonomy of Science project. (Who knows, if I collect enough data, I’ll submit it on my next R01!)
All that I ask is that your entries are
1) not too dry (i.e. please don’t take yourself too seriously)
2) attempt to explain any weird behaviors in your field (i.e. ecologists can be recognized by their attire: Bermuda shorts, sandals and black socks)
3) are short enough that i won’t conk out before I finish reading them (<200 words long)
Entries on any SCIENTIFIC field are welcome (and if you're not sure whether this applies to your specialty, don't ask).
You can email me or just drop them off in the comments of this post. I'll try to post the best ones in a little bit.
Here's a list of geek taxonomies (from the last couple of days):
PS Geneticists (at least the ones who do bench work and knockout genes) are not math experts. And evo guys, you are definitely not (and would not want to be) Systems Biologists.