A zoologist studies a wide range of animal groups, ranging from the huge Blue whale to the smallest microbe.
I had a very big interest in nature and natural history. I also came to visit the Museum and London Zoo many times as a child.
You have to be passionate about science and nature.
Biology, chemistry and classical civilisation. It helped with my Latin and therefore scientific animal names!
Being able to see and use the Museum's collections. Every day is different and exciting!
The smell of some of the preserved animals. Yuk!
I have found some marine invertebrate glass models of jellyfish, sea anemones, corals and sea slugs made more than 100 years ago. They have been made to look exactly like the real animals. This is something very different and special for a Museum to have.
Puffin birds. They are fun to watch and have great colourful beaks.
The giant isopod on show in the Darwin Centre. It lives in the deep sea and looks like a huge woodlouse.
My favourite site is The Electronic Zoo. It brings together other sites for just about every animal you can think of.
The Collins Pocket Guide of the Seashore of Britain & Northern Europe. It's a good all-round guidebook.
There are lots of local nature clubs you can find by contacting your local council. You can also become a Museum Member, and get sent our quarterly magazine for kids, Second Nature.
A pharmacist or a science TV presenter!
Marine invertebrate – animals that lack a vertebral column (a spine). To protect themselves, they usually have a shell or a hard exoskeleton.
Isopod – a small-sized crustaecean related to crabs and lobsters whose bodies are flattened front to back.
Giant isopod – one of a few species of large isopods. They are thought to be abundant in cold, deep waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean.
Pharmacists – people trained to prepare and give out medicine. They are sometimes wrongly called chemists.