Gazing at Gaia's Navel
On a more philosophical note, studying biodiversity sometimes feels like "navel-gazing", while you are studying minute details of an immense biosphere, of which we are a part. But, it's like looking at Gaia's navel, which so much more interesting than your own.
A diversity of reasons
Although our lab shares some common approaches to studying biodiversity, we each have our own personal reasons for choosing to work in this field. We invite you to post your personal reasons in the comments section of this post.