Field & Nature

Why did the molecular biologist go outside?

I know, there is the stereotype... we are the type of biologist that like to be clean and dry and to have their air conditioning. Don't get me wrong, those things are great, but I absolutely adore fieldwork and working outdoors.

In fact, it was my love of nature that led me to do genetics. I realised the answers to many of my questions could only be found there.

Rebekah sits in her field site with a notebook. There are birds in the background.

Photo: During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been using my government-permitted daily exercise to visit a group of northern fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) and record what they are up to.

Marine Iguana Life

Linked to my work on a field course in the Galapagos Islands in September 2018, I taught a lesson about Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) behaviour to a non-scientist audience of postdocs and PhD students in January 2020. This included having my 'class' learn what an ethogram was, and had them make their own based on images of iguanas. This was great fun, and I can't wait to run it for a younger audience.

A few of my favourite photos from field work:

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