We've all been there. It's a special day you normally celebrate with your family. But, instead, you're with a small group of people in a remote field location. What is one to do?! Embrace field celebrations, that's what!! Being in the field for someone's birthday or another holiday is a great time to get creative. … Continue reading There’s no place like the field for the holidays
Today, we are hearing about something that happens so often to women, and to women in the field, but for some reason, our society doesn't seem to want to talk about. Here is Sanja Hakala's experience with miscarrying a baby while working in the field. Once during an intensive two week field gig I had … Continue reading I had a miscarriage during field work
It can happen at any time, and happens almost every time before I leave for an extended time for field work/science. We’re sitting, walking, just doing something together as a family. And we start talking about what this week is going to be like, which always turns into what my upcoming travel plans are. And, … Continue reading Does Field Work Make Me a Bad Mom?
This week's post comes to us from Dr. Elizabeth M. Phillips (@nofutti) who has an amazing knack for distilling her Top 10 lessons into short vignettes big on entertainment! When you add up the days I’ve spent on a boat, it totals nearly a year and a half of my adult life. I’ve worked as a … Continue reading Ten Lessons I’ve Learned as a Female Marine Ecologist
This week's tale is another data point about being pregnant in the field as a graduate student, complete with some excellent advice for mentors and mentees! I'm excited we have two featured on the blog so far, and can't wait for the time when we will have enough to compile a book or something. Until, … Continue reading Another tale of (re)productive fieldwork
Well, it's almost officially summer up here in the Northern Hemisphere, and this week, in lieu of our normal blog post, we're trying to collate everyone's one favorite tip/trick for the field on #FemFieldAdvice. Feel free to fill out the survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFFtgzhtQju8BbvazvO9Xh9gN6cOuv-XEBTI8M32qtJRP8PA/viewform or just tweet @FemFieldSecrets under #FemFieldAdvice. Thanks, and happy fielding!
There are a ton of reproductive field scientists out there. Especially during graduate school that requires field work, it can feel isolating and lonely, because few other students are parents. However, there are some hopeful stories out there about women who did manage to maintain field work while pregnant and/or while parenting young children. Here … Continue reading A (Re)productive Master’s