If you follow our Field Notes posts you’ve probably realized that we tend to make fisheries research look fun, and you may daydream about a job where you have the freedom to work in the ‘great outdoors’. But, as you can imagine, most of our fieldwork is demanding and requires working outside, at all hours in all kinds of weather. Although the abundant precipitation early this winter has been good for fish, we are currently experiencing a dry spell, which in the winter often means fog in California’s Central Valley. Fog can pose many challenges to field work; the low visibility makes it difficult to navigate the rivers and see fish in the water, and the lack of sunshine also limits solar power generation. On days like this we might momentarily daydream of working in a cubical, but those thoughts are quick to fade away.
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