Subject: Biology field

Martine Berube (
Sat, 25 Oct 1997 17:17:24 -0700

Question: I was wondering what you do in the bioligy area? I am hoping to
be one too, or study frogs and toads and try to find out what is making
them have 6 legs and 1 eye.

Dear Max,
I am not sure if you are asking me what do you do in general in the field
of biology or what do I do in particular. One aspect that might interest
you is selection. Looking at questions such as why and what case the
different physiological adaptations (such as 6 legs and 1 eye) in the frogs
and toads. Learning about adaptation in a particular species allows you to
learn not only about the species itself but also about its environment. How
you try to answer the question can be done with different techniques in
genetic, physiology, morphology etc.
I first study the whales as a field biologist and now I am trying to
understand the fin whale population by adding the information acquired by
molecular tools to the behavioral information from the sea. The information
will help, for example, for the management of the species.

Martine Berube
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California
Irvine, CA, 92697-2525