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Biology Overview 

David Pimentel
 

Professor
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
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B.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst;
Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Pimentel teaches and conducts research at Cornell University.
"Work hard!"


Q: When did you know you wanted to become a Biologist?
Pimentel: At 10 years old.

Q: What was your college experience like?
Pimentel: Excellent.

Q: Did you incorporate work experiences while you were an undergrad?
Pimentel: Yes.

Q: How did you get your first job?
Pimentel: Air Force recalled me.

Q: What's the most rewarding thing about being a Biologist?
Pimentel: Research.

Q: Is there an example you can provide that shows how something you've worked on has positively impacted the world?
Pimentel: Reduced pesticide use.

Q: Do you spend a fair amount of time traveling?
Pimentel: A little…

Q: Do you have a mentor? Or did you in your college years?
Pimentel: Yes.

Q: Do you find yourself working more in a team situation, or more alone?
Pimentel: Both.

Q: Do you find you are able to balance work with social/family life while working in your current job?
Pimentel: Yes.

Q: If you had to do it all over again, would you still become a Biologist?
Pimentel: Yes.

Q: Did you think that school prepared you for the way the work gets done in the real world?
Pimentel: No.

Q: Where do you see jobs for Biologists in the future? What should students be doing to prepare themselves to take on those roles?
Pimentel: Research and technology. Be broad in interests and training.

Q: What other advice do you have for precollege students?
Pimentel: Work hard!


 


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