Are you able to get out in the field this summer? Could you spare a little time to share that experience with students who couldn’t?

The Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) is creating a series of virtual field experiences, including “Live from the Field” events, which combine three 8-minute prerecorded videos from researchers at three research sites. Students watch the videos online and then talk to the researchers at a live Q&A session.

Career stages from graduate students to senior PIs are eligible to participate. The only commitment is to film a short video of yourself in your field site and to be available for a 1 hour discussion with students.

Videos are in-the-field, casual responses to a series of question prompts about your research and career path, so require little up-front preparation. A “Live from the Field Faculty Guide” details the educational goals and provides instructions. The first event: Fire Research across the Continent drew ~180 students, faculty, community members, and even some politicians. The team is planning at least 5 more events throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

If you are interested, please complete the form below. We’ll organize volunteers into coherent themes and follow up with instructions. LTER, OBFS, and UFERN will collaborate on assembling and promoting the events, which will also be recorded and available for future use.

Live from the field

Enter your information below if you would be interested in sharing your field research and experience with a national audience of undergraduate-level students and community members.
  • For example: Forest, field, stream, marsh, marine, forest canopy, etc.
  • Choose themes that might coordinate will with topics form a variety of ecosystems. For example: fire, health and the environment, wildlife interactions, life underground...rather than penguins or desert soils.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.