The Bug Geek

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If science is cake, then this is the icing…

I can honestly say that I love 95% of my work, 95% of the time.  Doing Science makes me feel happy and satisfied, and I can’t imagine doing anything else as a career.

That said, if science is my cake, then this is the time of year is the icing on top – it’s field season! I’ve chronicled some of my Arctic adventures from the past two field seasons, from my first incredible summer living in Kug to my stay in beautiful Yellowknife last year. This summer, my research will take me with a small team to the Dempster Highway, in the Yukon.

I’m excited about this for a few reasons, the first of which is that, after this summer, I will have visited every province and territory in Canada. I think this is pretty neat. Second, according to my advisor, the Dempster is the most beautiful place on the entire planet to visit. From his photos, I have to think he’s not exaggerating.

Photo by Chris Buddle, used with permission.

Of course, I’m also very excited that I’ll be collecting bugs like crazy for two glorious weeks in July as we drive northward; we’ll start in the boreal forest, end up on the tundra, then drive back down again. Awesome.

These field excursions are definitely one of the best perks of being a field ecologist; I’d never be able to visit places like these otherwise. I am acutely aware of how fortunate I am to have these kinds of opportunities, and I can’t wait to make the most of this latest trip.  I’m hopping on a plane for a loooooong flight north and west on the 8th, and then:


On the TUNDRA.


I promise to report back with stories and photos upon my return, and have a lineup of stuff for you to read in the meantime.

Happy field season, everyone! 🙂


*cross-posted: original post can be found here:

3 responses to “If science is cake, then this is the icing…

  1. Ted C. MacRae July 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    I don’t know if your travels will include northern Alberta/Saskatchewan or adjacent areas of the Northwest Territories, but if they do please, oh please! be on the lookout for Cicindela limbata hyperborea. This subspecies is found in open sand habitats in pine and poplar forests and is characterized by its greatly reduced white maculations (thus, exhibiting expanded dark areas) and overall smaller size, both of which may be regarded as heat conservation adaptations for the far boreal climate in which it lives. I’d love to see this thing!

    • TGIQ July 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      I won’t be in those regions this year, sadly 😦 Does that subspecies make it to the Yukon? I’ll be in boreal forest for the first bit of the trip…

  2. Pingback: Hunting Pseudoscorpions in the Yukon | Arthropod Ecology

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