In this old post asking readers “What were you, or what were you going to be, before you became an ecologist?”, several examples came up of ecologists who were or are very accomplished at something besides ecology or some related academic discipline. Several examples of ecologists who were elite-level athletes, good enough to attend NCAA Division I universities on athletic scholarships and even compete for national and international championships. One who was a professional ballet dancer. Many who are accomplished musicians. Nick Gotelli is one (follow the link for others). Another is Celtic/punk/folk band Warblefly, which counts ecologists Frank Van Veen and Andy Beckerman among its members, and Owen Petchey as a former member.
So, just for fun, share examples of ecologists (including yourself!) who are awesome at something besides ecology.
I’d add my own name, but I don’t think “making zombie jokes” and “pretending to be a philosopher” really count as skills or talents.🙂