Wildfires are becoming more and more frequent around the world, making expertise in the field a hot commodity.
Working in the field presents unique problems for researchers. Scientists must learn how to navigate cultural differences, safety issues and geographic barriers when they go into the field, alongside their usual data-collection and analysis responsibilities. Check out Nature’s collection on fieldwork for help, advice and coverage of these issues.
Nomawethu Hlazo, a PhD student in archaeology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, speaks to Nature about her experiences.
Pat Wongpan explains why polar research must incorporate diverse views, including those of Indigenous peoples and communities affected by climate change.
Scientists who work with communities most affected by climate change might find it hard to adjust their air-travel habits, but they can still make meaningful changes, says David Samuel Williams.
Lots of things can and will go wrong in the field, but there are ways to rescue the work and learn from your mishaps.
Junior researchers must know how to navigate dangers in the field, says Elizabeth Orr.
In this year’s contest, Nature follows scientists from starry Antarctic fields to African volcanic plains.
Cavers, divers and climbers take their science to strange and wonderful places.
Field stations offer sophisticated facilities and opportunities for large-scale research.
Life in the field can be gruelling — and so it is up to team leaders to turn the research grind into an adventurous and valuable experience for everyone.
Cramped living conditions, unruly colleagues or crowded schedules can be challenging for the most intrepid scientist.
Fieldwork often involves significant threats to safety.
Decision scientists have identified remedies for various cognitive biases that distort climate-change risk perceptions. Researchers must now use the same empirical methods to identify strategies for reproducing — in the tumult of the real world — results forged in the tranquillity of their labs.
Building relationships with indigenous people opens up paths to good research — and mutual benefit.
Working out in the field sounds like a scientist's dream, but women in particular may encounter harassment
Announcing the winners of the inaugural Scientist at Work photo competition.
It can be tricky to plan and carry on fieldwork when you’re pregnant, but there are ways to smooth the path.