Let’s welcome Brooke Fitzwater (She/her)! Brooke is a marine biologist who studies animal behavior through both field and laboratory studies in the USA.
What kind of scientist are you?
I am a marine biologist who studies animal behavior (fishes are my favorite!) through both field and laboratory studies. I am also a science communicator and educator: I do both in-person outreach as well as create outreach media like coloring books.
What made you want to become a scientist?
As a young girl, I was also fascinated with science. I begged to go to the aquarium or the zoo and read every book I could about science (particularly science related to animals!). I knew from a young age that I wanted to study animal behavior, especially because I loved to just watch animals in the wild.
“I knew from a young age that I wanted to study animal behavior, especially because I loved to just watch animals in the wild.”Brooke Fitzwater
What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
What makes me a #UniqueScientist is not only that I am a woman in science but also that I am an artist, photographer, and filmmaker! I use art to help educate the public about science, our natural world, and our oceans.
What’s something cool you do outside of work?
Outside of work, I shoot film photography! While I do sometimes use it for STEM outreach, I mainly use it for fun or for photography work. I love the colors that you can achieve with film and the shots I have taken on my film camera are some of the best I have ever taken.
If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
Science for everyone and everyone should have access to it. I wish that I could change the ease of access to science. Science should be free, open-source, and accessible to everyone.
“My high school biology teacher showed me that as a woman, I COULD get a PhD and do what I loved.”Brooke Fitzwater
Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
My high school biology teacher showed me that as a woman, I COULD get a PhD and do what I loved. She always encouraged me to go out there and do what I wanted and that being a woman should never set me back.
Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I signed up for my Rescue Diver certification for SCUBA! I was able to save enough to afford the class and I am really proud of myself for seeking to advance my career as a diver.