Across the globe people are in the process of domesticating fish species for farming (aquaculture), as we did centuries ago with land animals (cows, chickens, pigs). I am the breeding research manager at the Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and my job is to design and manage a selective breeding program for native oyster. I work to develop high performing lines (breeds) of oysters that optimize the profitability of oyster farmers.
My interest in selective breeding, farming, fascination with the domestication process and the potential impact it can have on global food supply.
The fact that I am domesticating new species and working to improve the livelihoods of people by applying my skills and knowledge.
The red tape the often surrounds members of the academic environment.
I exercise, play guitar and cook.
I would say that it is a great idea. Pay attention in class. Do your homework. Be consistent. Work hard -- "Genius is 99% perspiration" -- it's not really about how bright you are, it's about how hard you work. Go to a good school.
They are increasing. Aquaculture is the fastest growing sector of global food supply and there are very few people working to manage genetic resources globally.
Hopefully enjoying ferrying my children around, cooking dishes better, shredding my electric guitar and breeding different aquaculture species on several continents.