• Question: where's your favourite place to research?

    Asked by tporter10 to Tommy, Sofia, Karen, Greg, Cassie on 18 Nov 2013.
    • Photo: Cassandra Raby

      Cassandra Raby answered on 18 Nov 2013:

      At the moment, it’s Namibia!
      Mainly because that’s where my baboons live.. and it’s very sunny.

      But I would happily study anywhere in the world! There are always interesting things going on!

    • Photo: Karen Bacon

      Karen Bacon answered on 18 Nov 2013:

      Because I’m a palaeontologist, I think I have favourite times rather than favourite places. At the moment and for the last few years, I’ve been studying fossil plants from the late Triassic and early Jurassic periods (this is around 210-190 million years ago). My fossils have come from East Greenland and Romania and I’m starting to look at some early Jurassic plants from Yorkshire now too. This is an interesting time because the end of the Triassic is marked by one of the biggest mass extinctions in Earth history and is a big period of climate change. The early Jurassic sees the recovery of the floras after this big upheaval. So right now, my favourite places for research are East Greenland and Yorkshire! But my favourite time is 190 million years ago!

    • Photo: Sofia Franco

      Sofia Franco answered on 19 Nov 2013:

      In the coast by the sea! It is really nice to be out in the field and I always discover new things or animals that I had not seen before!

    • Photo: Thomas Doherty-Bone

      Thomas Doherty-Bone answered on 19 Nov 2013:

      So many places! Could be anywhere as long as I have my notebook, camera, equipment.

      Twisting my arm, I love the swamps of the southeast USA, especially Florida and Louisiana – I’ve spent plenty of time there in the past. Then again, Uganda is very pleasant, lots and lots of monkey walking past as I write up the day’s results at the field station. But Cameroon is very interesting too, but no monkeys as they’ve all been hunter 🙁

      I could easily settle for the Freshwater Biology Association’s base at Lake Windermere though 🙂