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My name is Dr. Christina Kellogg. My current title is Research Microbiologist. I work for the U.S. Geological Survey. We’re part of the Department of Interior.
About Christina’s Job
I do classical microbiology, which means I try and culture microbes like bacteria and fungi from the environment, from water, from air, from sediments, from corals. I also use molecular techniques which usually means we take the DNA out of a sample, whether it was water or sediment or coral, and use sequencing to look for different microbes that might be living in those samples.
The educational requirements for my job are a PhD and post-doctoral experience.
I typically work a 40-hour week.
I do get to travel a lot in my job and it’s one of my favorite things. I travel to do field work, so to collect samples. And I’ve been to places including the Aleutian Islands, Barbados, the Gulf of Mexico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa. And I also travel to attend conferences, to present my work. So I’ve been to China and Germany and Norway, the Netherlands, and all over the United States.
Love What You Do…
I think whether someone is going into science or something else, it’s really important to love what you do. If you don’t love doing it, especially even the tedious parts, you’ll never be able to enjoy your work enough to stay with it, especially in something like science where it’s kind of a long haul through graduate school into the career of your choice.