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
Packing for the field is never easy. A simple list of long sleeves and warm socks can help guide you but there always seems to be more than meets the eye. How many long sleeves? How many warm socks? It can be both overwhelming and exciting to pack your whole life away into two small … Continue reading Pack Rat
Despite the monstrous amount of blood, sweat, and tears that go into fieldwork, the idea of returning to the field is exciting. But when uncontrollable circumstances arise, especially when it involves our own health, it's necessary to take the time to recover. This week, Kadambari shares her experience of battling cancer while in the midst … Continue reading The field after cancer
Today’s post is about how to approach field work in a male-dominated world, which is something to which many of us can relate. And while there are varying degrees of this, I’m sure you’ll agree that Kim’s story falls on the extreme end of male-dominated. She provides some excellent tips and tricks for those who … Continue reading No (wo)man’s land: Finding your voice in male-dominated field settings
In the field I can eat anything. Anything except cilantro. For others, though, eating certain foods is more than mild distaste and can have a greater impact on their health. This week, we hear from Collette Lauzau and her experiences with gluten sensitivity and her tips on battling this wheat infested world! By: Collette Lauzau … Continue reading Eating your Wheaties… or Not
I’m sure everyone at some point during their field season looks forward to heading home. Reuniting with loved ones, rejoining society after being in remote sites, or simply returning to familiarity can be comforting when working away from home. But heading home doesn’t always go smoothly - switching up circadian rhythms, traveling between seasons, and … Continue reading Dealing with the post-fieldwork blues
March 8th is International Women's Day, a day dedicated to embracing the badassery of women, celebrating our accomplishments, and renewing our commitment to achieving gender equality! We're highlighting just a few of our favorite field photos shared on Twitter for Women in Science day. This is only a mere fraction of the truly inspiring photos shared by … Continue reading International Women’s Day!