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Dr. Christian Giardina Dr. Christian Giardina


Ecologist: I like being a scientist because I like understanding how nature works. It is great to have a job studying plants and animals and the forests in which they live. I am an ecologist who works to protect forests. Sometimes I work to restore forests that have been damaged by invasive species, human disturbances, or things like  drought from climate change. I use information from my research on forests to understand how to make forests more resistant to disturbances. I also learn how to rebuild forest ecosystems after they have been damaged. My favorite experience as a scientist happened when I was doing forest ecology  research in the country of Belize in Central America. I was walking along a river called the Rio Frio (cold river), which ran through the most amazing rainforest. Hundreds of species of giant trees grew in this forest. I came upon an enormous cave that the Rio Frio ran through. Amazing plants grew all along the rim of the cave, and it was full of bats. Bats are some of the most incredible creatures in the world. Photo by  Skeeter Zimsky.