An ecologist's reflections on the universe and other minor things....
Saturday, August 3, 2013
Ten Lessons I have learned from doing field work
In case you haven't noticed, I have been AWOL from this blog for almost the entire summer now. Why? Because I have been doing field work for my PhD which involves sampling daphnia from lakes in the Muskoka region of Ontario (Canada). I still have a few weeks to go, more than thirty lakes to sample and a large number of experiments to run but I'm taking stock of my experience so far. Here are the ten most important lessons I have learned so far:
1) There is no such thing as free time.
2) There is no difference between weekdays and weekends.
6) Bruises are very sexy....especially when they match.
7) Rope is NOT just rope. Good rope makes field sampling enjoyable. Bad rope...the name says it all.
PhD supervisor suggest adding more components to your field experiment,
citing it will make your publication better...just say no...a potential
"insert prestigious scientific journal of your choice here" publication
doesn't feel as good a 8 hours of sleep.
9) A good field assistant can make a difference between a manageable field season and an absolute disaster. A great field assistant can make field work seem enjoyable...most of the time. Thanks for all your help so far, Phil!
10) Enjoy the scenery....it definitely makes up for all the hard work and the setbacks.