Category Archives: Field work

Can you answer this crucial scientific question?

“Where did you see that,” may not seem like the most crucial question, but for natural science, history, geography, archaeology, and many other fields, provenance is crucial information. The volunteers that keep eBird useful will challenge you if you claim … Continue reading

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Women, don’t avoid field work for fear!

I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff lately on women who were sexually harassed while doing field work. There was a study published in  PLoS ONE by Clancy et al. that went into some details on inappropriate comments and unwelcome … Continue reading

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Did you forget about books?

Did you forget about natural history, the story of the earth and its inhabitants in all their particulars? Yes, particulars, for it is in the details that the most wondrous stories lurk. Have you learned the specifics of even a … Continue reading

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Was it a poisonous snake?

We stared at the impenetrable bluff above the Missouri Vistor’s Center on I270. I told undergraduates Emily, Ben, and Lucy to space themselves along the bluff and penetrate it, collecting four soil samples on the way up, at least 20 … Continue reading

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