Science Jobs: Collect Monkey Dung!

The New York Times has perspective on what a “really crappy job” looks like:

Collecting poop is our way of doing invasive research without being invasive. We cannot just collect any sample we see. We need to place the piece of poop into context. For both genetics and hormones we need to know the individual who “gave” us the sample. For the hormonal research we need to know what time of day the sample was collected, what the male or female’s social status was, what the male or female’s reproductive state was, and on what day of the month the sample was collected. So as much fun as it is to say “pooper-scooper,” there is a lot more science to what we do.