Man on a mountain

Credit: Robert Neubecker

The rewards of roughing it

Modern life, concentrated in cities and lived online, is corroding many young people’s innate love for nature. Much of science, too, is moving away from fieldwork. Biology is increasingly lab-based, and much important earth science research is now done in front of a computer screen rather than out in the physical world. As an ornithologist working on the Tibetan Plateau, I’ve found fieldwork both scientifically and spiritually rewarding. My experience has convinced me that any young scientist involved in revealing natural processes at a macro scale should seize opportunities for fieldwork, which enriches not only one’s science but one’s life. (Read more at Science.)

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