• Question: what animals do you save

    Asked by ginge to Daniel on 23 Jan 2020.
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      Daniel Bearup answered on 23 Jan 2020: last edited 23 Jan 2020 8:45 am

      As a mathematician, I try to understand general problems such as “how might a population of animals respond to some of their habitat being destroyed?” I then consider what factors influence that response (e.g. are they able to move long distances to find new habitats or not).

      Once I have a general understanding of the problem, I can apply that understanding to specific examples (specific animals). However, it is more commmon for me to find someone who works with animals directly and explain my results. They then decide how to use those results to save animals … .

      I’m afraid that I rarely work directly with animals at this point. This is the way science usually works nowadays, a group of people who are good at specific different things work together to achieve a goal that requires all of those different skills.