I studied ecology at university because I was entranced by the mysteries and magic of the natural world. My first science course was on cell biology and, initially, I was terrified that all the wonder of a cloud forest or the mystery of a strange bird call was going to reduce down to a world of tiny units where everything could be explained. As I have continued my career though, I have realised that doing science often means discovering what we don’t yet know. Even though I may unlock some mysteries, many more will remain. That makes me happy.