Scientific Discipline/Field: Genomics/Environmental DNA
Pick some letters (L,G,B,T,Q,+, etc.): L
Twitter or other social media handle: @cvrobinson92
What does your job involve?
Coordinating community groups in collecting environmental samples (river sediment) and analysing samples using DNA metabarcoding to assess river health through the assemblages of invertebrates present.
How did you get to this job (education etc.)?
BSc (Zoology), MSc (Environmental Biology), PhD (eDNA and population genetics)
Do you feel being LGBT has affected your career decisions?
To an extent – I never had any LGBT role models and therefore I wanted to push to be the best I could be to be a role model for others.
Have you had any reactions from colleagues about being LGBT, either good or bad?
Yes both. Many colleagues do not realize I am a lesbian until I mention my wife as I am not stereotypical and for most it doesn’t change their opinion of me and my work.
Did you have any role models growing up (LGBT, STEM, totally unrelated.)?
Dr. Ingrid Visser – orca biologist in New Zealand. She utterly drove me and my passion for research since I was the age of 11.
What are your plans for the future?
To continue in research and hopefully end up with a permanent position which will involve continuing to bridge the gap between citizens and scientists (with some orca research thrown in too!).