In a strange way, I really enjoy the minutiae of tracking penguin populations. I consider myself like an ecological accountant, trying to carefully catalog the distribution and abundance of Antarctic penguins. Most of this work is insanely tedious, digging through archives, checking and rechecking data, building databases and spreadsheets. By any sane measure, I should enjoy the exciting parts of my job the most, working in some of the world’s most remote areas, hiking mountains, and braving rough seas and terrible weather. But mostly I like working with data and carefully curating information that will hopefully be useful for future generations.