• Question: How much fieldwork do you get to do?

    Asked by A_Person to Sophie, Debbie, Anthony, Alex, Aileen on 8 Nov 2018.
    • Photo: Aileen Baird

      Aileen Baird answered on 7 Nov 2018:


      Hi, my fieldwork is probably on a quite different schedule than other people I work with! Lots of people I know work on field sites far away from their university, so they tend to go out and do fieldwork in a block, going out to work at their forest (or wetland/ coastline etc) for a month or two at a time.

      The forest I work in is only about an hour to drive from where I live so I usually go and work there for 1 day per week, but it depends on the experiments that I’m running at the time!

      I really like the work that I’m doing at the moment because it means I get to work in the forest doing fieldwork, but also in the lab and at my desk- its a nice mixture!

    • Photo: Alex Seeney

      Alex Seeney answered on 7 Nov 2018:


      The short answer? Loads!

      My PhD required me to go out and collect a lot of information about the environment, which means I spent quite a few months doing nothing but fieldwork. It can get quite tiring after a while, but it’s really nice to be outdoors and feel like you’re learning about the world around you.

    • Photo: Sophie Williams

      Sophie Williams answered on 12 Nov 2018:


      I get to do a lot of fieldwork so I go out for around a month once a year which is good fun!

    • Photo: Debbie Crockard

      Debbie Crockard answered on 20 Nov 2018:


      In my current job i don’t do a lot of science field work, but i do a lot of travelling to different countries and speaking to lots of different people about protecting our seas.

      In my last job I did lots of field work but mainly from a boat in the middle of the ocean, we used ROVs, really big robots, to go down to the deep sea to look for new and intersting species which live down there. I spent 2 months offshore.

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