Welcome to How-Science-Works!
I think that everyone should study biology. It is an endlessly fascinating subject that explores how the natural world works and why all living organisms, including ourselves, look and behave the way we do. What’s more, biological data can be collected anywhere – from cutting-edge laboratories to window boxes in the centre of the busiest city. And it isn’t just trained scientists that can get involved in biological research – some of the most important data, cataloguing how the natural world is responding to threats such as climate change, have been collected by members of the public.
In this blog I want to tell you about some great ‘citizen science’ research projects that you can get involved with, how to plan and carry out your own biological research and some interesting natural history that can be found and even studied in your own garden. I will also keep you up-to-date with some of the research projects that I’m involved with, hopefully giving more of an insight into how biological data is collected day-to-day. From time to time, I will also quiz some of my scientific colleagues on their own research and try to answer the question “what do scientists actually do each day?”