My 50 year experience in biogeochemistry has taken me down a road that was often, rather than not, less well travelled than if I had chosen a traditional career as a biologist. The Carnegie Institution of Washington provided me with complete freedom to follow any topic that I found interesting. With freedom, came competence because I learned from my mistakes throughout my career. Competence coupled with curiosity and a tenacious nature were required to finish and publish most projects and write grants for competitive funding agencies. Qualities that helped me become a successful scientist also include resilience, honesty, doggedness, a...

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