For many of us, fieldwork has been cancelled this summer due to COVID-19, leading to a lot of fieldwork nostalgia. We forget the dirty clothes (and everything else), the long hours, the bruises & cuts, the broken or stuck vehicles, the same food for 60 days. We remember the beauty and the wonder and the excitement of getting that last sample! To try to tide you over for a brief while, here are some of our favorite photos from fieldwork done by the TME Contributors. Also, we’d love to feature photos from you, our readers! See the bottom of the post for details.
R. Shawn Abrahams — @Young_Eukaryote, who clearly has amazing #SelfieSkills, in the Everglades Ecosystem studying the effects of sea-level rise.
Kelle Freel — @KC_freel and crew studying the sub-seafloor microbial community in Juan de Fuca Ridge (off the Oregon/Washington coast) and monitoring microbial populations over time (in Kāneʻohe Bay, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi) for the the Kāneʻohe Bay Time-series (KByT).
Katie Grogan — @Dr_KatieG1 studying immunogenetic diversity in ring-tailed lemurs in Madagascar and the genomic basis of short stature in rainforest hunter-gatherers in Uganda
Stacy Krueger-Hadfield — @quooddy sampling algae in the estuaries of France and Japan – she may have gotten stuck… (top left, top middle); electric blue algae at Josephine Tilden’s Botanical Beach in British Columbia (top right) and a washed up Nereo and some phycologists on their way to dinner at PSA ISOP 2018 (bottom right); Corella eumyota in southern Chile (bottom middle); and a vermetid reef in Haifa, Israel (bottom left)
Kathryn Turner — @ktinvasion studying invasion genomics of Arabidopsis at a common garden at Penn State and collecting samples from invasive populations of blue mustard (Chorispora tenella) in Fremont County, Wyoming
Laetitia Wilkins — @M_helvetiae sampling lucinid clams in Guanacasta and Cahuita, Costa Rica, to examine how the Central American Isthmus has affected the chemosynthetic bacteria in their gills
If you have photos you’d like to share, please email the to TMEfieldworkphotos@gmail.com and include your name, the site location, and a sentence about what you were doing there at minimum, although feel free to include any additional details. We can’t wait to feature them on a future post!