Name: Franziska Sattler
Job: 2nd year Master’s student in Evolutionary Biology, Biodiversity and Ecology
Source: ScienceGrrl [original post from March 2016]
I started my work as an intern in the Museum für Naturkunde (Natural History Museum) Berlin after a gap year in London as an Au-‐Pair. I was pretty much the only non-student who has ever interned there, to my knowledge! The same autumn I started my undergrad degree in Geology.
I never really left my position at the museum during my academic career, and now I am currently writing my Master thesis on our new Tyrannosaurus rex, Tristan. I’ve always been really into teeth (my favourite things to find in field work), so my Bachelor thesis and my Master teethis (see what I did there!) were all about the upper and lower jaw of dinosaurs.
I’m currently a research assistant at the MfN and basically look at CT scans of Tristan’s skull all day. Because this is such a complete specimen (the skull is 98% complete), I want pay special attention to poorly studied parts of the jaw and because our T. rex also shows abnormalities. I have gotten a new-‐found interest in Paleopathology. It is very likely that he/she had a tumour! How cool is that?
Is this what you wanted to do, or did it happen by accident?
This is something I have always wanted to do since I was a little girl. Palaeontology has always been my primary interest and I still sometimes can’t believe I am actually doing it. After my A-‐levels, I took a year off to move to London. I lived there for around 14 months with a lovely family in North London where I looked after a little girl. I never wanted to work with kids to be honest, but it has made me grow up a lot. I didn’t want to go straight to university. I didn’t feel ready to dive straight into academia, so I joined the MfN as an intern and it just progressed from there. I am the only academic in my family. I’ve been the first one to live abroad, and the first one to go to college and university. My family has never been suuuuper into what I am doing. They’re proud and think I’m the smartest girl alive, but they don’t really understand it!
Read the rest at ScienceGrrl.