Colleagues Shawn Carter (46) and Emily Fort (43) discuss the curiosity that drew them to science, from exploring nature to school projects about environmental disasters. They also talk about the challenges of communicating with the public while living near Washington, DC.

This interview was recorded in collaboration with StoryCorps. Recorded by Jessie Robertson on May 5, 2018 in Reston, Virginia. Edited by Kelsey Skonberg.

Learning as a scientist when to say “I don’t know”

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