As women, LGBTQ+, and members of underrepresented groups in STEM, we are often faced with a set of unique challenges in the field. We want to create a community where we can gather together to tell our tales, encourage careers and family, share a few unknown secrets to our successes during fieldwork, and highlight some talented individuals along the way.
Being a scientist in the field comes with many perks: amazing study species, beautiful scenery, intellectual conversation with friends. But when you start fieldwork with a list of “what to brings,” certain questions arise. How does one deal with that annoying monthly visitor? How can I still feel like a woman in a field of khakis? Spending months in the field you begin to wonder … Is it even possible to do all this with a family? How can I balance my work life and family life?
We are here to try to give light to these types of questions and gather insights from fellow field scientists across all backgrounds, field techs, students, and teachers to share with the world. Because one person doesn’t have all the answers. But perhaps we can answer these questions together.
Bi-weekly, we feature a new perspective on handling camp life challenges like long-distance relationships during fieldwork, incorporating pregnancy and nursing into field plans, and whatever else life throws our way.
About the Curators
Lauren Lescure (@scure167)
All-the-time field technician. Traveling the world one field job at time, meeting birds and the wonderful things they have to teach me as I slowly migrate my way towards graduate school.
Holly Jones (@dochpjones)
Full-time mom and most-of-the-time Assistant Professor. I have worked on ecosystem restoration and island conservation…longer than I care to admit. Falling in the Bering Sea is just one of my many talents.