Broad-scale patterns of biodiversity fascinate me. However, as a biodiversity modeller, I spend much of my time behind a computer screen and I do not get into the field as often as I might like. I take every opportunity to be outdoors, amongst the species that I spend so much time looking at as numbers on a screen! Aside from personal trips, I have spent much time in the Cairngorms (Scotland) for a more site-focussed part of my PhD research (and hope to return next summer), I went to west Greenland to help a friend with his climate change research in summer 2013 and I engage with undergraduate field trips where possible. I have also spent several weeks in Madagascar on separate trips in recent years.
Teaching on undergraduate fieldtrips
I have been out in the field several times with undergraduate students in the UK. I have been involved with teaching on: topographic surveys, ecological surveys, differential GPS, total station, soil sampling, invertebrate sampling (in the lake), field mapping.
In summer 2013, I went to Disko Island, west Greenland, to a help a friend out with their PhD research of carbon cycling in Arctic lakes. I was going to write a description here but it’s already been done rather well by Mark in a blog post here. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would go back to Greenland in an instant (despite the many, many mosquitos!) for work or pleasure. We were lucky enough to see fin whales in Disko Bay, and some fantastic bird and plant species.
One of my favourite pictures from the trip: