James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

Friday Photo: Surprising Science

Science is taught in the classroom and practiced in the laboratory. Sometimes you get to have a go in the field. Lab’s are sterile, everything goes (almost) to plan and you meet your objectives. In the field, nothing is ever as expected and it rarely goes to plan. The advantage is that by seeing it first hand you gain a far clearer perspective, linking apparently disconnected factors and learning things that aren’t in the text book. Accidentally, you might become attached to a place, and so strive even harder to protect it. Here’s field science in a nutshell. Cute Gerbils, miniscule reptiles and power hungry laptops around the camp fire.



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