No matter the often rugged conditions, long days, seven-day work weeks and tight quarters, researchers doing field work know that nothing bonds a group of professors and grad students quite like a season spent in the great outdoors.
This summer, we asked CFI-funded researchers to send us their pics from the field. Here’s a collection of some of our favourites. If you’re CFI-funded and working in the field, join our Flickr group and share your #FieldworkFriday experiences with us.
Amanda Vincent, a marine biologist at The University of British Columbia, uses “bancas,” which are boats used by fishermen in the Philippines, as research and diving vessels. From the back of these bancas her team slips into coastal waters to find seahorses. Vincent leads Project Seahorse, an international organization dedicated to the conservation and sustainable development of coastal marine ecosystems, and the creatures, such as seahorses, that live in them.
One of Ricardo Scrosati's students uses a hammer drill to install devices on the slippery rocks along the shore of Nova Scotia. The sensors will help Scrosati's team at St. Francis Xavier University monitor species composition in the tidal zones of the near Atlantic.
Jonathan Moore, assistant professor in the School of Resource & Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, snaps a pic of his favourite study species: the Sockeye salmon of the Skeena and Fraser Rivers.
A brave Mike Waddington, a professor of eco-hydrology at McMaster University, dunks in the muck and ooze of his favourite peat lands, all for the sake of science!
Ian Fleming at Memorial University and his students use CFI-funded equipment to capture fish in St. John's. The gear allows them to examine the evolutionary ecology of brown trout that were introduced to the island over a century ago.
Randy Dirszowsky's team from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ont. uses ground penetrating radar to estimate and reconstruct historic sediment composition in and around Canadian lakes.