I organized/managed/collected data over three field seasons in New Zealand.
Now, as a big chunk of my work has shifted to theory, the time I spent in the field has made me appreciate how hard it is to collect data.
And although none of the NiB contributors are in the field this summer, we have all experienced the joys and woes of field work.
So it seems appropriate that as the summer (and many people’s field seasons) winds down that I share the most epic twitter hashtag of the summer.
When your drugged zebra finds the ONE tree on the Namibian plains, which also has a neck-height fork #fieldworkfail
That cool spider you took photos of then released was an undescribed species #fieldworkfail
Getting the @ZSLScience truck stuck in a river in the middle of Mongolia whilst searching for bats #fieldworkfail
Dr. Alistair Dove
Skillfully applied thousand dollar satellite tag to manta ray. The same manta ray I tagged yesterday #fieldworkfail
Group leader read a map wrong. We ended up a mile into an active USAF target range. Left very quickly. #FieldWorkFail
Student fishing for guppies in Trinidad just inches from a Fer de Lance. NOT STAGED.
2007: “We can swim there. There are *never* jellyfish.” You can’t swim there. There are many jellyfish #fieldworkfail