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Opinion: Universities Must Incentivize Field-Based Research as an Equity Issue
Female and minority-identifying researchers face extra challenges in becoming field project leaders. Universities should be providing equivalent numbers of solutions.
Opinion: Universities Must Incentivize Field-Based Research as an Equity Issue
Opinion: Universities Must Incentivize Field-Based Research as an Equity Issue

Female and minority-identifying researchers face extra challenges in becoming field project leaders. Universities should be providing equivalent numbers of solutions.

Female and minority-identifying researchers face extra challenges in becoming field project leaders. Universities should be providing equivalent numbers of solutions.

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Reimagining Ecology, 1939
Lisa Winter | Apr 4, 2022 | 3 min read
Edward Ricketts built his laboratory just onshore from the swirling tidepools of Monterey Bay, California, an ideal backdrop against which he developed a new system for studying the ecology of any given habitat.
Science with Borders: Researchers Navigate Red Tape
Max Kozlov | Mar 1, 2021 | 10 min read
Scientists who work with foreign biological specimens face a patchwork of permits that threaten to block their projects, with potentially harmful consequences for the ecosystems they study.
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Field Research Sites Damaged as Fires Ravage West Coast
Shawna Williams | Sep 11, 2020 | 3 min read
Flames and smoke have killed dozens of people over the past month and burned hundreds of thousands of acres, causing massive disruptions.
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Bacteria-Laced Mosquitoes Limit Spread of Dengue
Amanda Heidt | Aug 28, 2020 | 4 min read
Cases of dengue were greatly reduced in areas of a city where Wolbachia-infected mosquitos were released, according to preliminary data from a field study.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Affected Field Research
Ashley Yeager | Aug 20, 2020 | 6 min read
Unable to travel to international or remote sites, some researchers are losing critical data.
How Squirrels Use Bird Chatter to Assess Safety
Shawna Williams | Jun 1, 2020 | 5 min read
An undergraduate research project finds the animals are tuned in to reassuring information from other species.
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Border Closing Strands Professors, Students in Peru
Shawna Williams | Mar 20, 2020 | 3 min read
Under lockdown in a hotel, members of a plant ecology course continue to work and study as they seek a way to return home.
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Diving Beetle Adults and Larvae Dismember, Eat Tadpoles: Study
Catherine Offord | Jan 13, 2020 | 2 min read
The invertebrate predators prey on and lay their eggs near emerging tadpoles, potentially threatening the conservation of endangered frogs, researchers find.
Scientists Unite to Save “Monkey Island” After Hurricane Maria
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2018 | 4 min read
Puerto Rico’s Cayo Santiago has hosted decades of research in cognition, primatology, immunization, and other areas.
Women Surveyed About Sexual Harassment Tell Their Stories
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 12, 2017 | 2 min read
Marie Claire speaks with researchers who’d reported abuse in studies of harassment in the field.
Quick and Cheap Zika Detection
Ruth Williams | May 3, 2017 | 3 min read
A heat block, a truck battery, and a novel RNA amplification assay make for in-the-field surveillance of the virus.
Streakers, Poopers, and Performers: The Wilder Side of Wildlife Cameras
Kerry Grens | Apr 1, 2017 | 4 min read
Human visitors to camera traps display, well, human behavior.
Orca Death Spurs Reevaluation of Satellite Tagging
Bob Grant | Oct 10, 2016 | 2 min read
A cetacean succumbed to a fungal infection shortly after being darted by researchers seeking to learn more about the species’ migrations and population dynamics.
Illustrating #FieldworkFails
Tanya Lewis | Jun 21, 2016 | 2 min read
An artist aims to publish a collection of stories of science gone awry.
Fieldwork Bloopers
Tanya Lewis | Jun 21, 2016 | 1 min read
Scenes from illustrator Jim Jourdane’s Fieldwork Fail: The Messy Side of Science
Ready, Willing, and Able
Amanda B. Keener | Oct 1, 2015 | 8 min read
Researchers with disabilities are making their fields more accessible.
Field Bloopers
Bob Grant | Aug 3, 2015 | 1 min read
Scientists air their most embarrassing fieldwork flubs on Twitter.
TS Live: Disease on the Wing
Bob Grant | Nov 30, 2014 | 1 min read
Bats' special relationship with pathogens
Sequencing at Sea
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jul 31, 2014 | 1 min read
Watch University of Florida biologist Leonid Moroz describe his novel approach aboard his floating genome sequencing lab.
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