Hi everyone! It’s a new year at FemFieldSecrets and we are looking for some new ways to engage the world of women and non-binary folks doing field work. First of all, we need you!! We are interested in hearing diverse perspectives from people all over the world about the unique experiences our community has. Have … Continue reading Calling all FemFieldScientists!!!
This week's blog is coming at you from Madagascar! Dive into the beautiful words and stories of Dr. Karen Samonds and how she has learned to raise her family with field work lovingly entwined. Exploration and paleontology have always been my passion. While most of my job involves sitting at a desk and typing away … Continue reading PALEONTOLOGIST MOM
We started the blog in January 2018 with our inaugural blog entry, Periods: Shark bait? ... 25 entries and 3,900+ readers later, the year has come to a close. Now at the start of 2019, we wanted to recap the past year and share some new plans for 2019. Thanks to ALL for contributing their advice, … Continue reading A year in review & a year anew
We've all been there. It's a special day you normally celebrate with your family. But, instead, you're with a small group of people in a remote field location. What is one to do?! Embrace field celebrations, that's what!! Being in the field for someone's birthday or another holiday is a great time to get creative. … Continue reading There’s no place like the field for the holidays
We've all had to deal with things in the field and this week Becky Friesen shares her story of dealing with a cyst in the middle of a tropical rainforest. I, myself, have had a similar experience and it's nice to know I'm not the only one! Working in the field is a fully immersive … Continue reading Medical MGMT
As the end of the year - somehow - approaches, we wanted to dedicate this week's blog entry to thanking all of the strong, empowering women in STEM. We are so grateful for all of our mentors, colleagues, assistants, friends, and family that have inspired, taught, and encouraged us through the years. And this week, … Continue reading #FemFieldThanks
Today, we are hearing about something that happens so often to women, and to women in the field, but for some reason, our society doesn't seem to want to talk about. Here is Sanja Hakala's experience with miscarrying a baby while working in the field. Once during an intensive two week field gig I had … Continue reading I had a miscarriage during field work
A great read from a fem field biologist this week! As we wind down the field season, or perhaps jump into one, this is a great reminder of what it takes to be in the field. This weeks post comes to you from Alyssa Eby as she shares some of those greasy moments that are … Continue reading Showering in the Field… or Lack There Of.
It can happen at any time, and happens almost every time before I leave for an extended time for field work/science. We’re sitting, walking, just doing something together as a family. And we start talking about what this week is going to be like, which always turns into what my upcoming travel plans are. And, … Continue reading Does Field Work Make Me a Bad Mom?
This week, an anonymous contributor shares their experience with a horribly all-too-common problem with remote field research: sexual harassment. And unfortunately, survivors of harassment and assalt can be victim-blamed and shamed for the behavior of another. The author of this submission further provides advice to 'take care' in the field: understanding the resources available to … Continue reading *TRIGGER WARNING* How to ‘Take Care’