Past Event

Fieldwork Faux Pas (And How to Avoid Them)

March 1, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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Fayerweather Hall (Room 513), Columbia University, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

Event Description:

Will you be in the field collecting data this summer? If yes, this is a discussion you don't want to miss! Join us for a panel discussion with Dr. Christine Padoch, Dr. David Wilkie and Professor Paige West on best practices in the field (especially when you're in a foreign land).

Research often entails extensive fieldwork on tight schedules. In such a situation, how do you most efficiently go about collecting field data while remaining respectful of local cultures and customs? Here's an opportunity to get a few tips and list of do's and don'ts on how to navigate unfamiliar landscapes and cultures from the panelists who have each spent over 20 years working in remote corners of the world.

Event Speakers:

  • Dr. Christine Padoch is a Senior Curator Emerita in the Institute of Economic Botany of the New York Botanical Garden. From 2011 to 2017 she was the Director of Research on Forests and Human Well-Being at the Center for International Forestry Research. She has served as a scientific advisor to many international projects and has been a member of the boards of several international research institutions, including the Amazon Institute for Environmental Research and the Earth Innovation Institute.
  • Dr. David Wilkie is Executive Director of Conservation Measures and Communities for the Wildlife Conservation Society and a visiting scholar at Boston College. He is a founder of the Conservation Measures Partnership and helped establish the Conservation Initiative on Human Rights. David has over 30 years of experience working in international conservation in Central Africa, Central, and South America and Asia. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and books and is currently a Special Government Employment as a member of the NASA Applied Science Advisory Committee.
  • Professor Paige West is the Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University. She has written about the intersections between indigenous epistemic practices and conservation science, and the linkages between environmental conservation and international development. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Australia, Germany, England, and the United States.

Event Information: 

This event is open to everyone, regardless of whether you do fieldwork. It's still great to hear about others' adventures and get a few tips on how to be a better scientist. Please register via Eventbrite.

This event is organized by Sarika Khanwilkar And Pooja Choksi as part of their 2018 Seed Grant from the Center for Science and Society. Support was also provided by the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology