Science and Society Project

Alfred Hershey

My Scientist.....

The Scientist I chose is Alfred Day Hershey. Alfred was an American Noble Prize winning bacteriologist and geneticist.

Alfred and his partner Martha Chase moved to Cold Spring Harbor, New York in 1950 to join the Carnegie Institution of Washington's Department of genetics. This is where him and Martha performed the famous Hershey-Chase experiment in 1952. This experiment provided additional evidence that DNA, not protein, was the genetic material of life.

Career Job Description

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists develop and conduct experimental studies with animals in controlled or their natural surroundings. They collect biological data and specimens for further analysis. They study the characteristics of animals, such as their interactions with other species, reproduction, diseases, and movement patterns. They also analyze the influence that human activity has on wildlife and their natural habitats. They estimate wildlife populations and give presentations on their research findings.

Where they work..

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists work in offices, laboratories, or outdoors. It depends on their position. They may spend a considerable amount of time in the field gathering data and studying animals in their natural habitats.


Zoologists and wildlife biologists need at least a bachelor’s degree. A Master's degree is often needed for advancement. Zoologists and wildlife biologists need to have important qualities such as, Critical thinking skills, Interpersonal skills, Observation, Problem solving, Speaking and Writing Skills. Students typically take ecology, anatomy, wildlife management, and cellular biology. They also take courses that focus on a particular group of animals, such as ichthyology (fish) or ornithology (birds).


The median annual wage of zoologists and wildlife biologists was $57,430 in 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $35,660 and the top 10 percent earned more than $93,450.