kdorian (kdorian) wrote in little_details,

Remote field research in biology or earth/atmospheric sciences?

I am trying to figure out what kind of sciences that would be taught at Caltech, or a similar school, would involve field research in remote locations for weeks or months at a time for someone established in the field (not an intern). I think biology or earth and atmospheric science would be the most likely candidates in general, but I'm not sure about which specific fields this would be the case for. "Remote", in this case, means far enough out that you could not reach the person by calling them on their cell phone. (As someone from or involved with the university going up on the space shuttle would be big news, I have pre-emptively crossed off anything to do with cosmology; if there is some kind of field work work in that area that meets the above criteria without involving going into space, please feel free to include it.) Time is between 2006 and today.

Numb3rs fanfic with a gender-swapped Charlie. She's told her father Alan than she's pregnant, and that the father doesn't know yet because he's 'out doing fieldwork' and she can't reach him to talk to him privately; she doesn't know how long it will be before he's back. She won't tell her dad who the father is, but does let slip that the man is someone she met at work. Alan assumes, due to the combination of 'met at work' and 'fieldwork' that she's talking about some sort of scientist she met at CalSci (a fictional CalTech clone).

Knowing what kinds of sciences are taught there, Alan is going to make some informed guesses as to what field the man is probably in; he will later pass on to Don (his son and Charlie's brother) that Charlie's been seeing someone, and that he (Alan) think's he's an X, or maybe a Y (marine biologist or vulcanologist? Geophysicist or systems biologist?) Alan is familiar with what is taught at the university, so he could make fairly good educated guess. Charlie has actually been quietly seeing Ian Edgerton, an FBI sniper and tracker who is currently hunting someone out in an unspecified wilderness area, but she does not want to tell that to her pacificst father until she's had a chance to speak with Ian.
Tags: usa: education: higher education, ~science (misc), ~science: biology (misc), ~science: geology

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