Unique Scientist: Brian Redder

Time to meet Brian Redder (He/him)! Brian is a soil scientist and biogeochemist at Penn State University in the USA!

What kind of scientist are you?
I’m a graduate student studying Soil Science and Biogeochemistry at Penn State. My work focuses on the hydrological and biogeochemical processes that affect watersheds and overall water quality. I’ve also been very interested in science policy and communicating science to those in charge of policy making.

What made you want to become a scientist?
I first knew I wanted to be a scientist when I took high school Chemistry. I actually understood what I was learning and would always think about and research how I could apply it to my everyday life. The work just always seemed so interested and important to me.

“Change won’t come from silence, so these individuals are paving the way for more of us to use our voice.”

Brian Redder

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
As a member of the LGBTQA community, it’s not visually obvious what makes me a unique scientist. This is the case for many in the community, and it can lead to it being difficult for us to know how many of us there actually are. Luckily, there are groups and events that provide an opportunity for us to come together, and I think that’s an important step in making science more inclusive and welcoming.

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
One of my favorite things to do is hike. I’ve hiked in places all over the US (and some other countries like Scotland, Hungary, and Brazil). I love the exercise I get and the wonderful views at the top I get to experience.

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
I wish the opportunities offered to some were offered to all. There are so many wonderful scientists who aren’t able to succeed, not because of their abilities, but because of the lack of resources available to them. We miss out on so many scientific advances and achievements because some great scientists are so often overlooked.

“We miss out on so many scientific advances and achievements because some great scientists are so often overlooked.”

Brian Redder

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
I’ve honestly been so inspired by those who speak out against oppression in a public setting. It takes a lot of courage to do that, and it’s so inspiring to see people stand up, not only for themselves, but for others who are underrepresented as well. Change won’t come from silence, so these individuals are paving the way for more of us to use our voice.

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
It’s currently halfway through the week and I’ve completed half of my to-do list! It may not seem like much but sometimes it’s easy to overcommit or expect too much of yourself, so I’m glad I’m setting realistic goals and achieving them. It’s great to celebrate big accomplishments, but I also celebrate the little things in between them.


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