What made you want to annotate this paper?
As a longtime classroom teacher, I have search for ways to incorporate scientific literature into my teaching. It takes so much time and support for students to effectively read primary literature, so I wanted to contribute to the bank of resources available to teachers. One of my favorite subjects is to teach evolution, and as Darwin's finches are an iconic example, annotating this paper gives students an opportunity to see how current science research continues to build on long-term projects undertaken by a community of scientists.
Tell us a bit about your career path.
I have been a high school Biology teacher for nearly 20 years: originally interested in medicine, after a brief detour into neuroscience for my undergraduate research project, I found my way to teaching. Teaching offers an opportunity to stay connected to may areas of Biology rather than specializing, which is both a joy and a challenge. I have taught in international schools around the world, including Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Germany, and currently South Korea.
Any advice for students interested in STEM?
There are many ways to be involved in STEM fields. Pursuing research is a centrally important pathway into STEM; but so is teaching, science writing, science illustration, and so many other entries into STEM fields. If you are excited and interested in science and mathematics, follow that interest down any pathway it takes you.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you bring?
A Leatherman Signal Multi-tool, a tent, and a pint of Ben and Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk ice cream (which wouldn't last long).