I love getting into the field to collect new data. For much of my career, that has involved going to sea, investigating topics as varied as methane hydrates, subduction zone structure, and seismic oceanography. The opportunity to make scientific discoveries at sea using the U.S. academic research fleet has been a real privilege.
Lately, though, I’ve been discovering the joys of being a landlubber, collecting near-surface geophysics data in mountain watersheds. Some of these trips can last several weeks, and the similarity to being at sea can be eerie: long days of collecting data, long evenings of analyzing the day’s data, hanging around the same people every day, and relatively spartan living conditions. The main differences are that on land, there is less seasickness (but…carsickness happens), better phone service (sometimes), and the occasional opportunity to have a beer.
Here is a photo album of some field experiences, both at sea and on land.