Originally Posted by thehabitatdoctor
As far as schooling, if it's something you're interested in you won't view it as schoolwork at all. You'll fall into creative thinking mode and find yourself talking about ideas with professors after class in spite of your introverted tendencies.
You'd probably be interested in Ecology and Environmental Engineering. The former allows you to discover things and expand upon a field/system that is still largely unknown, unexplored, and relatively bright and shiny, while the latter allows you to pull ideas out of your head and fit them into that shiny system.
Ideally you won't be able to do the latter without an understanding of the former, but unfortunately that's... not always the case, although it is improving. Many completed restorations even into the 90s aren't up to par with current ecological knowledge and standards, not because the restorations themselves weren't helpful, but because they were operating with an even more incomplete understanding of the system than we have today, which means that not only has our knowledge of how the system works has changed (i.e. channelizing streams decreases natural flood mitigation), but management goals have changed as well (i.e. carbon sequestration and natural fire regimes).
It's easier to try to put a square peg into a round hole when you have no idea what the hole is actually shaped like, but even so, square peggers are still the butt of the field when we do figure out what the hole looks like.
Evolution would probably rock your world as well once you begin to view species as parts of a grand machine/system.
I really would like to learn more about introversion/extroversion... I have no problem approaching professors in a formal manner in an educational setting.. and I have approached my physics professor, discussed things, etc.. yet, once again, I simply struggle to grasp the minutia of the ideas which allow the better students to just go on and on about the theorems... etc.
Ecology sounds... perfect.
Reason 1: growing up, my sandbox had a lid - I would put water and plants and toads and bugs inside to create an "ecosystem" of sorts... when the grasses were growing and the creatures reproduced, I felt an amazing sense of accomplishment and wonder
Reason 2: I can't think of anything cooler than this :
I need to look more into Ecology, fo sho
I think you're right.. I suppose it should've been a sign when the only Google search results for ["intp" naturalist] was stuff about Darwin