• Powering Conservation: Interview with The Nature Conservancy Scientist Dr. Liz Kalies

    When I was working as a postdoctoral researcher studying wildlife using camera traps, I had the pleasure of working alongside Dr. Liz Kalies who was integral in modeling the results of our large-scale projects. Back then, we were both passionate young(er) scientists trying to figure out our role in conservation biology. While my path eventually led me here to science communication and career mentoring, Liz took her to a seemingly unexpected, but exciting path - she's now the lead renewable energy scientist for the North American region at The Nature Conservancy.

    Being a lead scientist at one of the world's top environmental organizations is no small feat, and given her background is in wildlife, we both didn’t expect her to go into renewable energy. But as you’ll find out in this interview, it all comes back to wildlife. 

    Renewable energy is definitely a pro-environmental choice, but that doesn’t mean it’s without any impacts to wildlife. So how can we develop wind and solar power responsibly without disrupting vulnerable habitats and species? Liz is at the forefront of finding solutions for such challenges that balance the needs of clean energy with wildlife conservation. 

    In this week’s episode of the Fancy Scientist’s podcast, Liz pulls back the curtain on what it's really like driving conservation strategies using solid science at an influential nonprofit. She also shares her real perspective on building a meaningful career in science, juggling her work while raising three kids, and how following her passion led to career success.

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • The critical role of science at The Nature Conservancy
    • How renewable energy can impact wildlife
    • Challenges in mitigating conflicts between renewable energy and wildlife
    • Liz's journey into wildlife research and her transition to the renewable energy science space
    • What it’s like to work at The Nature Conservancy and nonprofits as a whole
    • Finding the right work-life balance as a mother and scientist
    • Tips for students pursuing environmental science careers
    • The importance of taking initiative and being a self-starter
    • And MORE!

    I'm so grateful to have had this insightful chat with my former colleague. Liz is living proof that with dedication, adaptability, and a genuine desire to protect nature, your career can take you amazing places!

    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E109 - 49m - May 21, 2024
  • Unplugged Adventures: The Art of Nature Journaling with John Muir Laws

    As someone who deeply values the importance of connecting people with nature, I was thrilled to have John Muir Laws as a guest on the latest episode of The Fancy Scientist podcast. 

    Ever since completing my PhD and working with kids, I've recognized that fostering an emotional attachment to nature, especially during childhood, is a central solution to all conservation problems. Because when people aren’t emotionally attached to nature, they won’t know how to care about its decline and loss. These attachments are formed from experiences in nature. And what better way to cultivate that connection than through the beautiful practice of nature journaling?

    Nature journaling is the simple, yet profound act of using a notebook to record and draw your observations, questions, and reflections about the natural world around you. By slowing down and paying close attention to details, you not only deepen your appreciation for nature but also enhance your ability to remember and learn.

    John Muir Laws is a champion of this transformative practice. With a background in wildlife biology and a lifelong passion for nature exploration, he has dedicated himself to spreading the joy and wisdom of nature journaling across the globe. In an era where technology often disconnects us from the great outdoors, his mission to reconnect people with the natural world is more relevant than ever.

    In our conversation, John shared fascinating insights and practical tips for embracing nature journaling. We explored the benefits it offers for both children and adults, discussed strategies for overcoming the initial hesitancy (especially for us grown-ups!), and celebrated the sheer magic that unfolds when we immerse ourselves in the present moment, pen and notebook in hand.

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • What exactly is nature journaling and how to get started
    • The benefits of nature journaling and being out in nature
    • The power of nature journaling in fostering deep observation, curiosity, and wonder
    • Practical techniques for engaging kids in nature journaling, including prompts and scaffolding
    • Overcoming the fear of "not being good enough" at drawing or writing, and embracing the journey
    • The importance of role-modeling present, nature-connected behavior for children
    • Strategies for making nature accessible and welcoming to people of all backgrounds
    • And MORE!!

    Whether you're a seasoned nature lover or someone seeking to reignite your connection with the great outdoors, this episode is a delightful invitation to slow down, observe, and capture the beauty that surrounds us. So grab your notebook, sharpen those pencils, and get ready to embark on a journey of discovery and appreciation through the art of nature journaling.

    Happy journaling, my fellow nature enthusiasts!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E108 - 57m - May 7, 2024
  • From Science to Storytelling: Interview with Communications Specialist Hannah Mulvany

    This week, I’m continuing to turn the tables on conservation podcasters by interviewing them. I had the great pleasure of sitting down with one of the Earth to Humans podcast hosts, Hannah Mulvany. 

    Earth to Humans explores humankind's relationship with planet Earth, covering topics within the environmental and conservation space through the diverse perspectives of its three hosts—including this episode's guest, Hannah Mulvany.

    In addition to being a host and a part-time field biologist, Hannah created her own science communication career. As the director and founder of Song and Dance Communications, she has carved out a unique career, blending her expertise in communications with her love for nature. She amplifies voices for conservation and environmental stewardship by serving as a communications manager and social media strategist for various nonprofits and organizations worldwide.

    With a diverse portfolio spanning graphic design, copywriting, content creation, nature storytelling, and social media management, Hannah is a true self-starter and go-getter. Her role as a science communicator is pivotal in translating scientific concepts into engaging and accessible narratives that resonate with diverse audiences and fostering a deeper communication of environmental issues among the general public. 

    Hannah’s journey is bound to inspire you to take action, stop waiting around, and start making things happen for yourself and the planet.

    In this episode, Hannah shares invaluable insights into her approach to conservation action and the power of leveraging your skills and talents to effect change. From knocking on doors to creating her own opportunities to speaking up for the environment in everyday life, Hannah's journey exemplifies the spirit of empowerment and resilience. You'll walk away from this podcast feeling inspired, empowered, and ready to make a difference in your own life and the world around you.

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • How Hannah went from a traditional start in fieldwork to creating her own science communication career
    • Hannah's unique journey from the world of communications to the heart of conservation and environmental advocacy
    • How her passion for storytelling and love for nature intersect to drive positive change
    • The secrets to her success in creating opportunities where none existed before
    • How Hannah used LinkedIn to get herself work
    • Hannah's advocacy work and her commitment to amplifying voices for environmental and wildlife conservation
    • What it’s like to work as a science communicator and social media manager
    • How Hannah balances fieldwork with her work behind the desk as a science communicator
    • And MORE!!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E107 - 48m - Apr 24, 2024
  • Inspiring Powerful Forces for Nature: Interview with Science Communicator Crystal DiMiceli

    I was instantly captivated when I first discovered Crystal DiMicelli's podcast, Forces for Nature. You know that feeling when you find someone who shares your passion and vibe on a level that just feels right? Well, that's exactly what I felt when I tuned in!

    You see, Crystal and I share a deep love for conservation and wildlife issues, and like me, Crystal understands that the “doom and gloom” narrative is not the most effective when inspiring change. Instead, on her podcast, she spotlights conservation success stories, expert insights, and even provides listeners with concrete action steps they can take, leaving them feeling energized and empowered instead of hopeless and helpless. In this episode of the Fancy Scientist podcast, I dive into the world of wildlife wins, environmental victories, and effective conservation communication through my interview with Crystal. With her 20 years of experience in wildlife conservation and environmental education, Crystal brings a unique perspective on why staying positive is a game-changer in creating meaningful change.

    Since launching her podcast to highlight stories of individuals working to protect animals and habitats, Crystal has inspired countless listeners with her message of optimism and empowerment. From this episode, you'll come away feeling refreshed and ready to take positive action, just as Crystal encourages. Learn simple, everyday choices you can make to shrink your environmental footprint, gain insight into how Crystal overcomes introversion to spread her greater call to action, and get plugged into awesome resources to create change in your community!

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • Crystal's journey to becoming a professional science communicator including fieldwork with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
    • The vision behind Forces for Nature and why she created it
    • Her successful collaborations with various conservation organizations
    • The importance of highlighting success stories in the environmental realm
    • The impactful climate change education program for K-12 and university students she's created  
    • Her favorite podcast episodes that she’s done thus far
    • And MORE!!

    Make sure to download Crystal’s free guide: Becoming a Force for Nature so that you don’t become overwhelmed by all the doom and gloom you hear and start taking practical actions today!

    https://forcesfornature.com/fancyscientist/

    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.

    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/

    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E106 - 34m - Apr 9, 2024
  • Journey from Nepal to a Master's degree in the US: Interview with Turtle Researcher Chitra Rekha Basyal

    When it comes to careers in wildlife, one of the things you’ll hear me say over and over again is that you need to go after what you want - you can’t just sit back and wait for things to happen. YOU have to make them happen. But what happens if you don’t know how to go after what you want? You aren’t sure exactly what to do? 

    That was the case for Chitra Rekha Basyal, one of my students in the Successful Wildlife Professional program. In this episode of the Fancy Scientist podcast, I want to share with you how Chitra overcame barriers to career goals by going after what she wanted - even when she didn’t know how - and finding mentorship. 

    Chitra found her calling in wanting to protect threatened and endangered turtles in her home country of Nepal. But as a forestry student hungry for research opportunities, she hit barrier after barrier that threatened her dream career like lack of funding, lack of connections in the field, and uncertainty about career pathways. After attending a virtual conference on turtle conservation needs in Nepal, she boldly reached out to the organizers to find a way to get involved. This led to opportunities to design her own baseline research project studying threatened Nepalese turtle species. Chitra successfully secured grant funding and collaborated with regional experts, gaining invaluable hands-on research experience. 

    Although Chitra developed some great research experience, she hit a wall and knew she had to get a Master’s and wanted one in the US, but had no idea how to go about this. She found me on LinkedIn and reached out. 

    I was so impressed by Chitra’s dedication and passion to turtle conservation and knew that I could help her dream of getting a Master’s degree come true. I thought she would be a perfect fit for my Successful Wildlife Professional Program and encouraged her to apply. 

    Chitra came into the program with that one goal in mind: to get a Master’s degree in the United States. She diligently attended all of the webinar training and showed up to mentoring sessions with questions to ask and her resume to work on. With mentorship and clarity on the pathway to getting a Master’s degree, Chitra put in the work and networked with people who could be an advisor to her. Her dedication and hard work have paid off, as she was invited to apply for a Master’s program. She once again put in the work during mentoring sessions; we went over her personal statements back and forth making revisions, and now she just started her Master’s program in Illinois.

    Chitra's success is one of my proudest moments in guiding passionate students to achieve their wildlife conservation dreams. Through persistence and unconventional approaches, her story is one of seeking creative solutions when traditional paths are blocked.

    This podcast is a must-listen for any student or professional struggling with how to break into a competitive field like wildlife biology. Chitra's passion and resourcefulness demonstrate that we can break through limitations. Her success proves that anyone with grit and vision can manifest their goals despite real and perceived obstacles.

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • Chitra's journey from attending a conference on turtle conservation to launching her own research project in Nepal
    • The barriers Chitra faced as an international student trying to access information and opportunities
    • How enrolling in the Successful Wildlife Professional gave Chitra the custom strategic support she needed
    • Chitra's ultimate success in securing her dream master's position researching turtles in the United States 
    • And MORE!!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E105 - 42m - Mar 19, 2024
  • Breaking Through the Conservation Career Trap

    This week’s episode of the Fancy Scientist podcast was inspired by an extremely honest and vulnerable article by Georgina Mayhew called The Conservation Career Trap. When I posted this in my Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology Facebook group, it sparked an overwhelming response from others sharing similar sentiments or fears that the same would happen to them. 

    Some standout comments included: 

    • “Everyone I speak to in the industry is frustrated, feels taken advantage of because they feel the job is seen as ‘a passion, not a skill’ and the only way up is filling a dead man’s shoes,” 
    • “I just finished my masters & halfway through I felt like I made a mistake pursuing this field. I wish I could turn back time and re-evaluate what I could study & do instead realistically, I’ve had to give up on my dream and I am no longer working toward a career in science at all.
    • “Totally relatable! I’ve had to give up on my dream and I am no longer working toward a career in science at all. Unpaid debts and degree unused.”
    • “I think this is true in my experience. Too many leadership/higher management sucking the life out of the team…”
    • “I agree with it. I’ve given up on the life long dream and I’m struggling with what to do next. I had to choose what I needed to survive.”

    

    Georgina’s post highlights the struggles many face - from the romanticized vision of working with charismatic creatures in exotic locations to the realities of day-to-day life in working in conservation, and the harsh truths of rejection, debt, and unpaid volunteering. In this podcast, I explore the topics brought up by the Conservation Career Trap and validate some of the hidden struggles that many conservationists face. I also explore the emotional toll that this career path can take and the importance of maintaining a healthy sense of self-worth separate from job success.

    But here's the twist: being aware of these very real challenges doesn't mean you should abandon your dreams. Instead, it's about empowering you with knowledge of what it looks like on the other side and strategies to navigate these obstacles when they arise.

    This episode is a MUST-listen for anyone considering a career in wildlife conservation. You'll gain valuable insights into the challenges you will face and learn strategies for overcoming them. By the end of this podcast, you'll be better prepared to navigate the Conservation Career Trap and pursue your passion with realistic expectations and a solid plan.

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • The reality of the Conservation Career Trap and its implications for aspiring conservationists
    • Understanding expectations vs. reality when it comes to this field
    • The importance of awareness and open discussion about the challenges in the conservation field
    • Practical tips and strategies for overcoming barriers and advancing in your conservation career
    • The power of MINDSET, mentorship, and support in navigating the path to a successful career
    • And MORE!!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E104 - 36m - Mar 6, 2024
  • Reviving the Soul of Science: Lessons from Braiding Sweetgrass

    The wisdom of Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer's book Braiding Sweetgrass has lingered in my mind and heart for quite some time. This episode of the Fancy Scientist podcast is pretty different from past ones, and I'm excited to explore with you the bridge between science and spirituality I hope you’ll have an open mind to explore with me.

    Robin’s book inspired this podcast, leaving me with lots of thoughts and wisdom from her lessons on indigenous knowledge, nature connections, and science. I made this podcast to share this book’s profound impact on me and the lessons that we as scientists can learn from not only acknowledging and incorporating indigenous wisdom into science but also tapping into the spiritual connection. I am going to argue that all of us have a relationship with nature, but we are taught to ignore and forget about it. 

    Braiding Sweetgrass goes beyond the typical scientific discourse. It taps into aspects we, as scientists, often shy away from—spirituality and the profound connection between humans and nature. As I share my own journey of self-discovery and reconnection with spirituality, I want to challenge the stigma that often surrounds these topics within the scientific community.

    In this episode, I explore the often ignored intersection of indigenous wisdom, conservation, and the forgotten spiritual connection that we, as scientists, have with nature. The conservation story has evolved and improved, but there's still work to be done. We must recognize and respect indigenous knowledge, learn from it, and integrate it into conservation not only because it’s the right thing to do and nature benefits from it but also because doing so teaches us lessons about ourselves, ultimately making the world a better place for everyone and everything. .

    I appreciate you listening with curiosity and compassion as we explore new dimensions of the conservation story.

    Specifically, I talked about:

    • My personal journey rediscovering spirituality and its impact in my life
    • How scientists have become overly analytical and ignored important intuitive ways of knowing
    • The conflict between Western science and spirituality and the stigma around discussing faith
    • Indigenous communities' sustainable coexistence with nature before colonial disruption
    • Problems with past Western conservation approaches that excluded local peoples and the consequences for wildlife
    • The importance of respecting indigenous wisdom and traditional ecological knowledge
    • Robin Wall Kimmerer's perspectives from "Braiding Sweetgrass" on weaving indigenous worldviews with Western science
    • Steps all of us, scientists included, can take to reconnect spiritually with the natural world
    • Why opening our minds to different belief systems allows for more inclusive, ethical conservation 
    • And MORE!!

    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E103 - 50m - Jan 9, 2024
  • From Rescues to Releases: Wildlife Rehabilitation Interview with Joey of the Jungle

    I have so many followers interested in careers in wildlife rehabilitation so I am especially excited about this week’s episode of the Fancy Scientist podcast. I sat down with veterinarian nurse and wildlife rehabilitator, Joey Solimine AKA Joey of the Jungle. Joey is not your average adventurer - she travels all over Central and South America volunteering at different wildlife rehabilitation centers taking care of animals that have been injured, trafficked, and rescued with the hopes that they can be released back into the wild. She's the founder of Jungle Rescue Reform, an initiative dedicated to bringing attention and support to smaller rehabilitation centers throughout Central and South America so that they can more effectively take care of wildlife. In this episode, Joey and I discuss everything from the day-to-day life at wildlife facilities to the nitty-gritty details of vet tech/nurse work. We dive into Joey's extensive background, exploring her experiences in veterinary medicine and wildlife rehabilitation and the incredible stories she's gathered from her travels. 

    Throughout our conversation, you'll gain valuable insights about the industry, learn about different aspects of the job, and be inspired by Joey's commitment to making a difference. If you've ever wondered what it's like to embark on a career in wildlife rehabilitation, this episode is your backstage pass. 

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • Joey's background leading to becoming a vet nurse and wildlife rehab volunteer
    • What the day-to-day life of a wildlife rehabilitation volunteer is like
    • What it’s like to work as a vet nurse
    • The wildlife trafficking problem and how animals end up in rehab centers
    • The problems wildlife rehabilitation centers can face
    • Tips for finding ethical wildlife rehabilitation organizations
    • The mission of Joey's organization Jungle Rescue Reform
    • Amazing rescue stories about animals like tapirs
    • Opportunities to contribute with Joey and learn more about rehabilitation centers in Central and South America 
    • And MORE!!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E102 - 54m - Dec 12, 2023
  • Coexisting and Resolving Conflicts with Carnivores: Interview with Petros Chrysafis

    Around the world, carnivores have been and still are heavily persecuted. Although the percentages are low, they do kill livestock, pets, and even people. The most common knee-jerk reaction for people is to do something about it, which almost always means killing the animal. For conservationists and wildlife lovers, this is a tough pill to swallow; it seems unfair to punish an animal for doing what it does and predators play important roles in the ecosystem. But even more fundamental than that - killing them doesn’t work and chances are, there will be another one back to do it again. 

    So what can one do to protect themselves, their pets, and the domestic livestock that they own? In this episode of the Fancy Scientist podcast, I chatted with Petros Chrysafis, an expert in human-carnivore conflict resolution and founder of Predator Detection and Deterrence, an organization dedicated to helping people address carnivore-related issues using non-lethal methods about using science, research, technology, and even some simple interventions to prevent carnivores from taking the occasional chicken, sheep, or goat. 

    The inspiration for this episode came from a couple of recent events that reignited my interest in solving the problems between humans and carnivores living together in the landscape. In a recent episode of "The Proof is Out There" on the History Channel, we explored animal attacks, I discussed what happened when Utah runner and hiker Kyle Burgess was charged for several minutes by an angry female mountain lion. I interviewed Kyle in a previous podcast, and revisiting his experience led me to a fascinating podcast interview featuring Petros, where his insights and approaches to mitigating mountain lion and other carnivores conflicts captured my attention.

    Additionally, a seemingly unrelated Instagram post about a dead red fox caught my eye in the worst way. The caption talked about how this was a wonderful lesson for children on being connected to the land and the close association they can have with life and death. At first glance, I agreed, but then I looked at the fox, who appeared to be robust and not looking like it was on its deathbed, and realized it was probably shot. It was, simply because it did something foxes do - predate on other animals. It ate their chickens. I commented about how the death was unnecessary and that in the end, it wouldn’t work as a means to protect chickens, but my comment advocating for non-lethal solutions was met with a block, prompting me even more to reach out to Petros. 

    Our conversation today is both eye-opening and wide-ranging, touching on various aspects of human-carnivore conflict, but especially focusing on mountain lions and coyotes out west. I'm confident you'll gain valuable insights and perspectives from Petros whether you're interested in wildlife conservation, coexistence strategies, or simply curious about the intricate dynamics between humans and carnivores, this episode has something for everyone! 

    Finally, you’ll learn about how Petros decided to take a unique path amongst wildlife professionals - starting his own business - and how he uses it to truly make a difference in the lives of carnivores. 

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • How scientists study carnivores in relation to human-wildlife conflict
    • How to use camera traps to identify carnivores and assess the situation
    • Developing short and long-term sustainable deterrence plans for landowners
    • How letting resident carnivores be can protect your land from unknown newcomers
    • How understanding carnivore behavior can lead to non-lethal, humane solutions
    • How Petros went from wanting to be a marine biologist to studying carnivores out west
    • How Petros started his own business in human-wildlife conflict solutions
    • And MORE!!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E101 - 47m - Nov 28, 2023
  • Journeys into the Wilderness: Interview with Explorer and Science Writer Jon Waterman

    I'm thrilled to bring you another exciting episode this week on the Fancy Scientist podcast with National Geographic explorer and science writer Jon Waterman. Jon is not only an author of an impressive 15 books, but a modern-day explorer who's ventured into many remote and wild spaces. In his latest book, "Atlas of Wild America," published by National Geographic, he takes you to North America’s wild areas in a visual masterpiece packed with stunning photographs and intricate maps.

    In our discussion, we dove deep into what wilderness means in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and explored the concept of wild spaces. Jon's incredible experiences as a former national park ranger and his captivating tales, including a thrilling encounter face-on with a polar bear, make this episode a must-listen! 

    Additionally, we also talk about Jon’s experiences working as a writer. For example, how and why did he start writing his first book on hiking Denali in Alaska, how he come up with ideas for his books, and what is his process for getting the resources to explore faraway places and then get paid to write about them. 

    This episode with Jon Waterman is an eye-opening exploration of our untamed landscapes, a journey that highlights the importance of preserving our wild spaces, and the incredible stories that can be found within them. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, an explorer at heart, or simply curious about the wonders of the natural world, this episode will leave you with a new appreciation for the untamed beauty of North America.

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • What it’s like pursuing an unconventional career path and passion for wilderness areas
    • What it’s like to be a national park ranger and some of their roles
    • The writing process for successfully publishing books
    • The value of following your interests in your wildlife careers
    • How to go about getting funding for professional explorations
    • And more!!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E100 - 48m - Nov 7, 2023
  • Ensuring Your Own Success in Wildlife Careers

    This week’s podcast is a little different - instead of interviewing a guest or even doing a solo episode, it’s an excerpt from a professional development session in my Successful Wildlife Professional program. 

    I had my students watch a podcast interview of Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx. Chances are, you’re probably thinking, what in the world does slimming undergarments have to do with wildlife careers? Well not a lot, but the lessons from Sara Blakely’s experiences are pure gold and 100% applicable to wildlife careers. 

    Life has an uncanny way of leading us down paths we never thought we would go down. Growing up, I had watched my father, a dedicated business owner, tirelessly work to grow his business and support us. Despite his role as an incredible and present father, the store was a constant presence in our lives and he was always thinking about it. Even when he was “off,” he was never really off. Seeing this, I never wanted to own my own business, but now 20 years after I started my career in wildlife biology, I find myself as a small business owner.

    I also realized that when I was a scientist, there were SO many similarities between being an entrepreneur and being in research. Even if you're officially employed by an organization, you are, in a way, an entrepreneur of your own research. You manage your own lab and therefore are in charge of others, you develop your own products (your research), and you sell them to others (writing grants). But most similar to what I observed from my dad, you can always be working and advancing your career by writing more grants, publications, doing outreach, etc. You can always be doing more. 

    Moreover, both business and scientific research share the common thread of rejection. In the business world, you've likely heard that most startups fail, a statistic not too far from the realities of scientific research. There are a myriad of challenges, setbacks, and disappointments that can permeate one’s journey. Be it grant applications, paper submissions, or manuscript rejections, the path is fraught with hurdles.

    I introduced this podcast to my students because Sara Blakely's mindset exemplifies what you need to thrive in the fields of wildlife biology and conservation. It's a mindset anchored in resilience, self-belief, and the willingness to explore uncharted territories to initiate change. This message is so important that I knew I needed to share it with you too.

    The original podcast, "Sara Blakely on writing your billion-dollar story with Lewis Howes," is a gold mine of wisdom, creativity, and resilience. In this episode, I distill the essence of that podcast, drawing parallels and emphasizing the necessity of adopting such a mindset in our field. If you don't harbor a deep, unwavering belief that you can succeed, that very lack of faith will be the stumbling block that holds you back. But with a mindset focused on certainty of success and a strong belief in yourself, you'll discover a way forward no matter what happens.

    Sara's journey took time, approximately seven years, but her unwavering resolve and self-belief carried her through. These are the exact attitudes required for a successful career in wildlife. This episode is not only unconventional but essential. I invite you to be open-minded, take away insights that will enrich your career, and share your thoughts with us.

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • How Sara’s resilient and creative mindset can be applied to wildlife conservation and scientific research
    • The commonality of rejection in both entrepreneurship and science and how to approach it
    • Not willing to take no for an answer
    • Going after your dream no matter what
    • How being an outsider can actually help you
    • The need for innovative thinking and the willingness to venture beyond traditional boundaries
    • And MORE!!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E99 - 40m - Oct 24, 2023
  • Road Ecology and Wildlife Conservation Challenges in Brazil's Cities: Interview with Fernanda Teixeira

    A big lesson that I learned from studying abroad in Kenya is that the key to understanding a place's wildlife and conservation issues is to connect with the people living there. When my travels led me to Brazil, I knew I had to seize the opportunity to learn about its unique conservation challenges and the incredible research being done there through the passionate scientists who working on the ground.

    Our guest on this week’s Fancy Scientist podcast, Dr. Fernanda Teixeira, is not only a biologist, but action-oriented in the world of conservation. She's a road ecologist, urban ecology enthusiast, and a champion of community-driven conservation initiatives. What sets Fernanda apart is her ability to transform research into action, creating tangible results that benefit both wildlife and the communities that share their space. 

    We know that animals get killed by cars on roads, and here in the US we often think about super abundant species like white-tailed deer being the most affected. But there are so many species impacted by road mortality, including lots we don’t think of like salamanders, lizards, turtles, and snakes, and in Brazil it can be animals like monkeys and even jaguars. 

    We discussed her groundbreaking work in establishing canopy bridges, some of the first ever designed in the world, to facilitate wildlife movement across roads and reduce mortality. Fernanda also shared insights into her collaboration with government agencies to create effective conservation action plans that truly make a difference. Her passion for preserving Brazil's incredible biodiversity is palpable, and I can't wait for you to hear our conversation!

    As you listen to Dr. Fernanda Teixeira speak, think about how you can contribute to conservation efforts in your own way. It could be as simple as supporting organizations working on the ground to reduce road mortality in your area, attending local meetings on city planning, or raising awareness about the importance of slowing down and being more watchful in areas with lots of wildlife and/or sensitive species. Remember, small actions can lead to significant change, and together, we can make a difference.

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • Fernanda’s insightful work in urban environments and how it intersects with conservation efforts
    • Studying howler monkeys and the vital role these primates play in their ecosystems
    • Involving local communities in conservation initiatives and the positive impact it has on both people and wildlife
    • Creating effective action plans for the preservation of nature
    • How to go about establishing canopy bridges and new conservation initiatives
    • The significance of applied conservation research and its real-world implications for saving species and ecosystems
    • How to go about a career in conservation
    • And MORE!!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E98 - 34m - Sep 27, 2023
  • Leadership Lessons from the Animal Kingdom: Interview with Julie C. Henry

    Lots of people think that the only way you can work in conservation and make a difference is by studying threatened animals to learn more about them so that we can save them. But there are a million ways to make a difference and drive impact in this field, especially when you follow your heart, pursue your passion, and open yourself up to creative possibilities.

    In today’s Fancy Scientist podcast episode, we have a guest like none other before, author, keynote speaker, and facilitator Julie C. Henry, who’s using lessons from wildlife to teach and inspire others about leadership. We dive deep into this unique and captivating topic—connecting leadership to wildlife.

    Julie's journey is far from typical. After realizing that the traditional path of being a scientist wasn't her calling, she embarked on a career as a senior leader in zoos and aquariums. But here's where it gets particularly interesting - Julie has since become the founder and president of Finish Line Leadership, a strategic facilitation and panel moderation services company, and has worked with over fifty-five organizations across corporate, nonprofit, government, association, and community sectors. She's also written the book, Wisdom from the Wild, on the same topic for anyone to learn. 

    In our conversation, we uncover how she carved this unconventional career path for herself, transitioning from a zoologist to a keynote speaker. If you're curious about non-traditional careers, or if you've ever dreamed of stepping onto the stage as a speaker, this episode is especially for you.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this discussion, especially the part where we delved into public speaking, something I'm personally passionate about. Remember, there's more than one way to make an impact, and Julie's journey exemplifies just that.

    As you listen, I encourage you to reflect on your own journey. Are you on the path that truly resonates with your passions and values? Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to making a difference in the world. Embrace your uniqueness and explore unconventional ways to create a positive impact on our planet.

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • The importance of listening to yourself and pursuing your passion
    • That it’s okay to leave research or science careers and how to switch out of it
    • How to think creatively about your career
    • The significance of fostering a deep connection with nature
    • What careers are like as a public speaker
    • What zoo and aquarium careers are like
    • And MORE!!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E97 - 45m - Sep 12, 2023
  • What if Cities Weren’t the Bad Guys? Exploring Urban Wildlife for Conservation: Interview with Dr. Seth Magle

    After recently moving to the Chicago area, I have been captivated by the urban wildlife in the area, particularly the coyotes. Seeing them in broad daylight, not just at dusk or from afar, has been a remarkable experience! (I’ve only seen a coyote once in my life and it was in Yellowstone National Park before) I wanted to learn more about the work being done to understand and appreciate urban species like these coyotes.

    In today's Fancy Scientist podcast episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Seth Magle, whose work at the Lincoln Park Zoo focuses on studying urban wildlife. As he shares insights from his research and experiences, we explore the unique challenges and opportunities that come with studying urban wildlife. Despite being some of the most common species we encounter, our understanding of their behavior and ecology remains remarkably limited!

    Throughout the conversation, we dive into the specifics of urban wildlife research in the Chicago area. From the abundance of common coyotes and red foxes to the largest colony of endangered Black Crown Night herons in the state, we explore Dr. Seth's research, and gain valuable insights into zoo careers. He provides a glimpse into his role at the Lincoln Park Zoo and offers a broader understanding of zoo jobs as a whole in the field. 

    In this conversation, networking emerges as a crucial aspect of building a successful career in wildlife, and Seth shares practical advice to help both introverts and extroverts navigate this process. We discuss the importance of networking and provide tips to overcome any fears or hesitations you may have. Remember, networking opens doors and presents exciting opportunities for career growth!

    Whether you have an interest in wildlife careers or want to learn about the incredible wildlife that has adapted to and is thriving in urban areas, this interview is a must-listen. Join me as I chat with Dr. Seth Magle, and prepare to be inspired by the wonders of urban wildlife and the possibilities they hold for research and conservation.

    Stay tuned until the end, where Seth shares valuable advice that compliments my own insights. 

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • The significance of studying urban wildlife and its link to conservation
    • The limitations of our knowledge, why there is a lack of information about urban wildlifes, and the need for further research
    • The diverse opportunities available within zoo settings
    • The power of networking in wildlife careers
    • What zoo jobs are like and how to get started in them
    • And MORE!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E96 - 45m - Aug 1, 2023
  • Resilience in the Face of Setbacks: Interview with Nicole Blankertz

    Navigating career paths can be a daunting challenge. We pour our time and effort into applications, only to be met with rejection after rejection. Many aspiring wildlife professionals can relate to the frustration and self-doubt that arise from these setbacks.

    In the pursuit of our dreams and career goals, we often find ourselves facing moments of self-doubt and uncertainty. Thoughts of inadequacy and imposter syndrome can quietly seep in, casting doubts on our abilities and leaving us feeling hopeless when we don’t get the outcomes we want. But in the face of these challenges, one of the most valuable lessons we can learn is the importance of not giving up. 

    Today on the Fancy Scientist Podcast, I interviewed Nicole Blankertz, park ranger with Michigan State Parks, and alumni of my Successful Wildlife Professional. Nicole didn’t expect to become a park ranger, in fact, she was determined to become a wildlife researcher, but she struggled to get positions when the pandemic changed her plans. Nicole's path was far from smooth sailing - it included setbacks and self-doubt that would have caused many to throw in the towel. 

    Nicole graduated in 2020 and had an internship lined up, which got canceled because of COVID. She applied to other jobs but didn't get any. Just rejection after rejection. All of these rejections led to some imposter syndrome and frustration and she knew things had to change. She made a big decision and enrolled in the The Successful Wildlife Professional program so that we could work together to get her interviews.  

    Through learning from the program and personal mentoring from me, we improved Nicole’s job application and things changed dramatically. We focused only on her job application without adding a single new experience, skill, certification, etc. We just emphasized and demonstrated the experience she already had. 

    Nicole also decided to apply for some jobs outside of the realm of wildlife research. The outcome of all of this? A life-changing position with the parks department, proving that a strategy and persistent mindset can unlock unexpected possibilities.

    In this episode, we talk about what it's like to work as a park ranger and how Nicole is keeping the possibility of working in wildlife research again open. So, if you're wrestling with imposter syndrome or feel like giving up, this episode is for you! Get ready to be inspired, motivated, and armed with the tools to conquer your own self-doubt. When you believe in yourself, refuse to give up, and take action, there's no limit to what you can achieve. 

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • How to revamp your job application and enhance your chances of getting hired
    • The unwavering importance of persistence in the face of rejection
    • The significance of non-wildlife jobs and transferable skills in attaining your dream wildlife career
    • What it’s like to work as a park ranger and in the park service
    • Key considerations to understand when contemplating a career change
    • And much more, including invaluable GREEN FLAGS to guide you in pursuing your dream career in wildlife biology!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E95 - 28m - Jun 1, 2023
  • Volunteering Abroad for Wildlife Biology: Interview with Matt Snider

    Experience is critical to build your career in wildlife, ecology, or conservation biology. When you’re just starting out though, this can be hard to get. Even unpaid volunteer positions can be treated like jobs where you apply and can get rejected.

    Some of these volunteer positions are through organizations abroad, especially Africa, where they tell aspiring wildlife professionals that they can get experience by volunteering in their organization doing things like tracking and surveying animals. But these experiences end up costing money, not only through the lost income from volunteering when you could be working, but also paying for the flight and program fees to cover room and board. 

    This leaves a lot of aspiring wildlife biologists confused. Spending all of that money for an experience can be risky, but it could be rewarding if it pays off in the end. In fact, a lot of the students I talk to think they have to volunteer abroad to be successful at building a career in wildlife. 

    But there’s more to the story…

    Some organizations market their volunteering opportunities towards younger people not necessarily interested in wildlife careers, but animal lovers who want to have an experience helping out cheetahs or elephants where they think they are having an impact on conservation. This is called voluntourism because it’s combining travel with volunteering and the emphasis is more on having an experience rather than building skills for your resume. 

    And to make things even MORE confusing, there’s a large range of impact that these conservation organizations have. Some have a very direct and important impact on conservation efforts, while others prioritize user experience and volunteer satisfaction over conservation. The type of organization you work with will impact your experience with the former more likely to set you up with quality experience for wildlife careers, and the later more likely to just be fun.

    In this episode, I invited an expert to help us navigate all of these complicated volunteering opportunities. Abroad. I chatted with Matt Snider, PhD student at North Carolina State University, and my former lab mate about his experiences voluntouring, volunteering, and working in several countries throughout Africa. He shares his insights and advice on what his experiences were like, what to look for when looking at program, how to make decisions in choosing opportunities, and how to make the most of them once you start. 

    Specifically, we discussed:

    • What are volunteering opportunities like abroad
    • What is the difference between volunteering and voluntourism and how they overlap
    • Is volunteering worth the investment? Does it pay off?
    • Should everyone volunteer abroad? Is it necessary for a successful career? 
    • How volunteering can lead to a job
    • Important considerations to take into account when choosing a program
    • How to choose an ethical voluntourism opportunity
    • Planning for a successful voluntourism experience
    • The pros and cons of being a voluntourist
    • And MORE exclusive tips and tricks to build your career as a wildlife biologist!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.


    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 


    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 


    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 


    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E94 - 41m - May 8, 2023
  • The Power of Tiny Changes in Atomic Habits in Your Wildlife Career

    As a wildlife professional, I understand the struggles that many professionals in this field face when trying to secure a job. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the larger goals and overlook the smaller, yet crucial, steps needed to succeed. Pursuing a wildlife career can be a challenging endeavor that demands significant effort and perseverance.

    Perhaps you’re currently wondering what the secret ingredient is to achieving a thriving career in wildlife. I myself have pondered the same thing in the past. 

    There is no one secret – through my own experiences, I’ve come to realize that success begins from within and at your identity level. It’s about making small, consistent changes to your behavior driven from your identity that will eventually lead to significant improvements over time. Of course, this applies to pursuing your dream job in wildlife.

    In this podcast episode, I talk about a book that exemplifies this: Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear, and how it can help aspiring wildlife professionals and scientists let go of large, sudden changes and instead embrace small incremental shifts to secure their dream job and pursue their career goals. I share the Four Laws of Behavior Change from Atomic Habits and how they are the key to good habits.

    This book is a very valuable resource for anyone looking to make positive changes in their career. At first, I thought this was just another habit book, but I highly recommend this particular book as Clear presents a clear (no pun intended! haha) and an actionable framework for developing better habits backed by scientific research and real-life examples.

    I personally explored how to apply these principles to specific areas in my life such as fitness, productivity, relationships, and landing a wildlife professional career. Moreover, I share how Atomic Habits can help each of you break the process down into manageable steps and create a more positive and rewarding experience. By focusing on small, consistent improvements, you can build lasting habits that lead to success in finding the right wildlife job!

    Specifically, I explained these frameworks for success:

    • The importance of understanding your values, interests, and strengths
    • How to make finding the right career path process more appealing
    • Establishing a routine that makes it easy to take action
    • Maintaining motivation and momentum throughout the career search process
    • And MORE nuggets of wisdom!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.

    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 

    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology


    Listen to the Fancy Scientist Podcast: 

    Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fancy-scientist-material-girl-living-in-sustainable/id1509587394 

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/29swiuHG4TWKbS9gRZrORW

    E93 - 36m - Mar 24, 2023
  • Never Give Up on Your Wildlife Dream Job: Interview with Francisco Llauger

    I love hearing success stories from people who have finally landed their dream jobs, especially after challenging and twisty career paths. I always like to say, your current situation is not your final destination, so I believe to strive toward your dream relentlessly.

    Additionally, most professors do not know how to advise for non-academic jobs. Have you been frustrated that your university has no experts in the field you wish to pursue and you feel lost? 

    Most aspiring wildlife professionals look forward to landing that dream job after graduating college, but especially from graduate school they expect little difficulty in getting one. But in reality, that’s not always the case. How do you cope when you haven’t reached the wildlife career you’ve been working towards so hard?

    In this episode of the Fancy Scientist podcast, I interviewed Francisco Llauger, someone who had these kinds of struggles (similar to mine after graduate school), but is now finally working with herpetofauna at the Houston Zoo— his dream job. 

    From talking to lots of you on Zoom, I know that many of you have experienced or are currently experiencing what Francisco has been through. But after some detours, with the right mindset and attitude through the help of the Successful Wildlife Professional program, Francisco has finally landed the career he worked so hard for! 

    Specifically, we talked about:

    • The importance of mindset! 
    • How to equip yourself with the skills and mindset you NEED for the career you want that is not being taught in academia;
    • Going from graduate school to a job outside of his field and making the transition back;
    • The challenges and turning point he experienced while pursuing a job; and
    • What made him decide to join the Successful Wildlife Professional Program, what it’s like to be in the program, and the positive impacts it brought him
    • And MORE!


    I’m Dr. Stephanie Manka (formerly Schuttler), a wildlife biologist of nearly 20 yrs with 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications, author of the book Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know (https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Job-Wildlife-Biology-What/dp/B08JDYXS4G/) and founder of Fancy Scientist. My channel and the Fancy Scientist LLC is dedicated to connecting people to science and nature, breaking stereotypes of, and empowering scientists. I help aspiring and struggling wildlife biologists get the right training so they can get jobs, live out their life’s purpose and make a difference in this world.

    Sign up for my next free job training: https://stephanieschuttler.com/trainingwaitlist/ 

    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    E92 - 37m - Jan 27, 2023
  • Finding Your Identity in Wildlife Work

    When I give advice to young wildlife professionals or those aspiring to go into this career, I always tell them to reverse engineer it. To “start with the end in mind,” (a quote from Stephen Covey), but what if you don’t know what the end looks like?

    Or what happens if you thought you wanted something and you went after it, but then you realized maybe you want something else. And if you decide to pursue that other thing, what does that mean about you?

    How do you know who you really are and what you really want? If you are on the right track? 

    I have some free tools to help you – I have the Job Tracker, but you may still be confused on what want or what the end looks like. I’ve talked to SO many students who are interested in multiple options and directions and don’t know how to choose. And who are we really when it comes to our careers?

    These are some big questions that I am going to explore today. Really finding out who you are and what you really want, how to know if you’re on the right track, and maybe this episode will give you some permission to really go after what you.

    If this is the first episode you’ve ever watched or listened to, this one is going to be a little bit different. It’s an episode that is definitely relevant for those who are interested in wildlife careers, but if you are not, there are still many lessons that will help you.

    It’s a very personal episode for me as I have gone through a lot of major professional and life changes this year. I’m experiencing a reset in many areas of my life and these are some of the questions that I have really been thinking about lately. Who am I professionally? What do I want?

    What does it mean about me if I change what I decide to go after? This podcast will definitely give you some perspective. It will give you lots of unconventional advice, but it’s great advice. This is an episode all about figuring out who you really are and giving you permission to go after what it really is that you want.


    Full show notes here: https://stephanieschuttler.com/91-identity/

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/


    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    E91 - 52m - Dec 21, 2022
  • From Web Developer to Starting an Environmental Career: Interview with Melina Shak

    Have you ever thought about starting an environmental career, but instead chose a more “safe” and “secure” route? Or maybe you are currently tempted by it or you simply didn’t know how to go about a wildlife career and took a path that was more easily laid out? 

    Is there a part of you that still wonders “what if?” but worries it might be too late or are too scared to step out of your comfort zone?

    We only get one life to live and so much of our lives are dedicated to our work – simply by the hours put in. What if I told you it isn’t too late. If you feel at all pulled to make a change then I’m here to tell you that you can. But maybe you don’t know how…

    In this episode of the Fancy Scientist Podcast, I interview web developer Melina Shack about her experience transforming from computer scientist into a career in wildlife, ecology, and the environment. Perhaps just like you, Melina didn’t know how to start the transition or even if it was possible. But it is and she is currently starting an environmental career.

    Melina is a student in my Successful Wildlife Professional program and had no idea about how to go about changing careers, but she felt a pull that that was the right move for her. She had always been interested in careers in the environment and ecology, but she didn’t know how to get there, and she took computer science because it was a lucrative, safe, and secure route. In this interview we talk about how she is making that transition through the help of my mentorship and being in the Successful Wildlife Professional program.

    Melina has just started this transition after being accepted into graduate school (with a scholarship!) several months ago. We talk about the steps she has taken to make this transition and what it’s like her first semester in graduate school. 

    Specifically, we chat about:

    • What it’s like for her to start graduate school and experience her first semester
    • What got her to finally make the transition into a career in the environment
    • What it’s like for her to start graduate school and experience her first semester in a different field
    • How to go to graduate school as a working professional – having a full-time job and enrolling in a Master’s program
    • The difference between thesis and non-thesis Master’s programs

    and MORE!

    

    Get a free chapter of my book “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology: What It’s Like and What You Need to Know” to see how I can help you in your career: https://stephanieschuttler.com/getting-a-job-in-wildlife-biology-book/ 

    Want to learn about cool animals, conservation, and get tips about careers in wildlife biology, science, and more? Subscribe to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/StephanieSchuttler and join my email list: https://stephanieschuttler.com/ 

    I’d love to meet you. Connect with me on social media:

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/FancyScientist

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fancy_scientist/ 

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fancyscientist/

    Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/fancyscientist/pins/

    Join the “Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology” Facebook group to connect with other aspiring wildlife biologists, post your questions and get free advice: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gettingajobinwildlifebiology

    E90 - 20m - Dec 7, 2022
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