Query: “Hey there! I used to be desirous to ask one thing associated to learning entomology. I’m at the moment a 18 yr outdated math and physics double main and I really like what I’m doing there. Nonetheless, from a younger age I’ve all the time had a ardour for bugs and am beginning a small assortment. I didn’t choose biology as a significant as I’m largely taken with zoology and entomology, and I discovered biology would have been too broad for me to take pleasure in it. My query is that if there are some overlapping analysis fields the place I’d be capable of work with bugs whereas nonetheless utilizing math and physics. I actually don’t know if there’s plenty of analysis into this already, however maybe learning the physics of insect flight? Is such an overlap even potential? I’m curious to know what an expert thinks about it :)”
“Is such an overlap even potential?” – brief reply, sure! Let’s talk about.
This is a wonderful query – right here at Ask an Entomologist we fairly recurrently obtain inquiries on the way to grow to be an entomologist or grow to be extra concerned with entomology. I really feel that I’ve good private expertise with this matter that will assist others desirous to become involved with entomology.
There are various methods during which an individual can work with bugs as a profession. The obvious means is to check entomology particularly, nonetheless, there are totally different paths to turning into an entomologist. As our emailer acknowledged, they’re at the moment a math and physics main. Math and physics are each STEM fields that may be helpful in entomology. In actual fact, I’d argue that having a robust background in these areas might assist with creating analysis concepts – particularly in graduate faculty. In biology and entomology, having a fundamental understanding of those fields will help with understanding how life features. In actual fact, there are some researchers that mix math and/or physics with entomology – particularly with modeling or making use of such data on subjects corresponding to biomechanics. For instance, some researchers have investigated the physics of insect flight and leaping mechanics. And not using a robust data of physics, we wouldn’t have a good understanding of those subjects.
There’s a half to this e-mail that I’d prefer to dive deeper into: “I didn’t choose biology as a significant as I’m largely taken with zoology and entomology, and I discovered biology would have been too broad for me to take pleasure in it.”
To deal with this merely, sure, biology might seemingly be broad and basic, nonetheless it is crucial. Most of the elementary ideas in biology are important in Entomology. Entomology just isn’t divorced from biology, however fairly a sub-field of it. I earned my undergraduate diploma in biology. It has been useful (particularly throughout my preliminary exams final yr!) having a fundamental understanding of all the most important ideas in biology. Nonetheless, not all is misplaced if biology isn’t your main. You may nonetheless apply for grad positions in entomology with an undergraduate diploma in math and/or physics. Nonetheless, you’ll have to be taught all of the vital ideas in biology throughout your graduate profession (e.g., genetics, evolution, ecology, and so on.).
I’d suggest volunteering in labs that work with bugs. Biology or entomology departments at a college are place to look. Ask professors if they’ve positions for undergrads – many labs do and can be glad to obtain your assist! The extra you become involved with analysis, the extra you’ll uncover what you want and what you don’t like 🙂 – that means, you additionally know if you wish to spend extra time doing analysis and studying about entomology. Issues can change – I assumed I used to be going to go to graduate faculty for marine biology till my senior yr! I labored in an insect ecology lab and it strongly impacted me – sufficient to vary my analysis and profession focus. That’s why it’s so vital to get palms on expertise. Discovering what drives and pursuits you earlier than committing to a profession will help rather a lot with the method.
To conclude, sure there are overlapping analysis fields that mix physics, math, and entomology. The easiest way to find these is to grow to be extra concerned by volunteering or working in a analysis lab, studying about such analysis, and reaching out to consultants. In actual fact, asking about it is a good begin!