Rosie Moore is a scientist who works with sharks and reptiles – and also models on the side.
Some days she is watching crocodiles hatch in the field, some days she is doing photoshoots underwater.
When people who know her as a model find out she is a scientist, they respect her more, she said.
This is a reported essay based on a conversation with Rosie Moore, a 26-year-old geologist and model based in Florida. The essay has been edited for length and clarity.
I’m originally from Missouri in the middle of nowhere. I grew up with the brothers and the log cabin lumber aesthetic. We’ve always had four wheelers and bays and stuff like that, so I think that’s definitely why I’m out.
My whole life I thought sharks were the coolest thing ever, so I thought, “I’m going to go to Florida and find a way to work with sharks.” I moved to Florida when I was 20 to attend Florida Atlantic University and study environmental science. In graduate school I studied geology, which includes remote sensing and GIS, basically using data to figure out where things are and why. I did a lot of work with water resources as well as invasive reptiles and alligators.
I now work in the public sector for the City of Delray doing water resource management. I also do other work, including python hunting, shark diving and tagging a variety of species such as crocodiles.
I also do modeling.
People always joke on Instagram that I’m like Hannah Montana, because I’ll post and I’m doing crazy things in the field or up to my waist in mud, and then the next thing they know I’ll be there with full hair and A luxury event in makeup and high heels and a dress.
being a woman in science
My job is somewhere between biology and technology, both of which are very male dominated. When I was interviewing for my first geoscience position, I did three or four interviews and each one was almost entirely male in the room. It would be interviewing six middle-aged men and then me, and when women were present they were either secretaries or junior staff.
Lots more women are entering the biological sciences, but those with the most experience and seniority are still overwhelmingly male, and in tech it’s even more skewed. It’s going to take a while for more women to assume leadership positions.
I always encourage women to go into these fields, especially tech. You’re going to deal with mostly male classmates and other things like that, but at the end of the day, it’s definitely worth it and a cool thing to accomplish.
I’ve seen some really amazing things working with wildlife over the years. One of the best things was to see the wild crocodile babies coming out of their shell.
I love unpredictability. You never know what you’re going to see. You may go out thinking it’s a normal day but then you find the most elusive snake you’ve ever seen in your life and it could be the craziest night ever.
As a model, when people find out you are a scientist, their respect for you changes
I actually started modeling because I got into free diving and shark diving after I moved to Florida. There’s a little niche for girls that can dive well for sharks or underwater modeling, so I started meeting photographers for some product shoots and things like that.
Then I just kept working and building relationships with brands. Now I have contracts with a few clothing and beverage companies, and I’ve also signed up with an agency that does luxury event modeling. There are a lot of high-end events here in South Florida, so whenever they need staff models for that, I do that too.
My work in modeling and science is day and night different. In science, the people I’m usually surrounded by are very down to earth, like the vibe of the khaki pants. And the people I’m usually around for modeling gigs have a high level of vibe.
I think working in science is more gratifying because it is respected more. As a model, when you’re talking to someone and they find out you’re a scientist, it’s almost like the respect for you changes. When people think you’re just a model, they seem to think less of you, whereas once they know you have a respected career, they seem to have the opposite and think more of you. I think more.
On the other hand, in the world of science, I think people respect the fact that I model, so it’s interesting that it goes one way but not the other.
Daredevils on TV Are Almost Always Men
Everyone always says, “I’d never expect this from someone who looks like you,” especially outlandish stuff, like holding a python or an alligator. It’s good to not be what everyone’s expecting, but I think it highlights a lack of representation in the media.
Adventurers, as you see on TV, are almost always men, such as Steve Irwin, Indiana Jones, or Bear Grylls. Many children display a strong preference for activities they learn that members of their own sex enjoy. So I think the disparity in representation not only leaves people with opinions on who does this kind of work, but also results in young girls not pursuing outdoor wildlife careers.
But when I moved to Florida I found girls on Instagram who were really cool free divers and they inspired me to get involved. So even though mainstream media doesn’t do much for courageous women, I think with social media girls like me can reach a target audience and have some impact.
after a Video I wrote spread rapidly, I actually had a bunch of little girls from all over the world reach out to me, including girls from foreign countries who barely spoke English. He would send me voice messages on Instagram or his mother would let him send me a video and he would just ask me questions about getting into science. I heard a little girl tell me how she really likes snakes, and it was the cutest video ever.
I post a lot of modeling photos of myself on Instagram, but I make sure I prioritize posting wildlife and the outdoors to promote that adventurous image as well, so I can show other girls that it’s cool to have a hobby. There is no problem in going out.
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