Even though a lot of people associate scientists with experiments, not all of us do them! I am actually not a traditional experimental biologist – instead, I conduct studies, which are a different way of investigating the world. They’re different because they do not need to have predicted outcomes, and aren’t as controlled!
When i was in high school i did a two week summer camp on the Mississippi river studying fish. We rode up and down the river in a boat that could go 60 miles per hour. The boat could electrocute the water. When fish get electrocuted they get paralyzed for 3-5 minutes and float up to teh surface. We had big long nets and hat to catch as many fish as possible before they unfroze. We had huge carp that would unfreeze as we caught them and jump around in the boat or jump into people. I got fish slapped just about every day for two weeks.
Like Jeff, I don’t do traditional experiments. I form a hypothesis and then I collect data to see whether or not it falsifies what I was thinking or supports it. But when you do that by measuring a ton of bones and then running it through a stats program, it somehow doesn’t seem quite as glamorous as a mad scientist mixing concoctions!