Did someone inspire you to pursue your career and if so, who?

My parents were my two biggest inspirations … but not because they were scientists. They taught my sisters and me to be independent and to question what we did not understand. After them, I'd say my two biggest influences were three science teachers, in middle school, high school and college. They were hard teachers but also fair. They inspired me to want to learn and continue my path with animals through science … though I only recently can put that into words I can understand. When I was younger it was just a feeling that I knew I would become a scientist.