360 Degrees by University of Southampton
I was thrilled to be asked by my old university to appear on their podcast - 360 Degrees - to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
"Data shows that the number of women working in science, technology, engineering and maths has risen by 350,000 over the last ten years, Despite this, UNESCO data shows that less than 30% of all scientific researchers worldwide are women. As today (11/02) is the International day on women and girls in science, we are shining a light on some of our incredible female alumni working in science. Coming up in this episode, I talk to Lara (a conservation biologist), Evie (a trainee clinical scientist specialising in embryology a the NGS), and Jess (a senior operational meteorologist at the Met Office). We chat about what inspired them to go into the science, the ins and outs of their jobs and get advice for finding a career in their respective industries."
You Want To Do What
I spoke to Daniel and Jules about my life as a Conservation Biologist in October 2020.
"We chat with Lara Jackson about life as a zoologist and conservationist. Like most that decide they want to work in these fields Lara has ben fascinated by nature since she was very young. Lara originally thought that she would like to be a vet but as time went on her focus at school changed and it led to her choosing to study oceanography in her first year at university, which didn't turn out to be what Lara had hoped so she changed to zoology for the second year and ended up doing a masters in research with a focus around field work, through this Lara has been lucky enough to work with black rhinos in Africa to understand what flora they eat, which will help conservation projects to protect the right kind of habitat for the black rhino. Lara is passionate about using her growing social media following to help to educate people on what they can do to help conservation efforts around the world, and also explains why eduction at both home and abroad is required if we are going to be be able to save endangered species. One of the most recent projects Lara has been involved with was in Zanzibar collecting data on Dolphins with the help of international volunteers. Landing a job like this requires experience and it can be incredibly competitive with hundreds of people applying for the role. Lara talks about how to improve your chances of being selected, through things like volunteering and running your own social media to educate people on the subject or project. An amazing career if you are passionate about the natural world and helping to protect it, a pleasure to chat with Lara about her career so far."