A loyal reader of the blog sent me a copy of an article in the spring edition of the LTER Network News. In the article (
), Laura Gough discusses how her research at the Toolik Lake field site in northern Alaska helped prepare her for the joys and challenges of parenting. Dr. Gough is a plant ecologist at the University of Texas at Arlington, who is currently serving as the NSF Program Director for Environmental Biology. In the article linked above, Gough stresses that acceptance of tedium, flexibility, preparation, and stopping to appreciate simple joys are the parallel skills that field scientists and parents draw upon. I like to think that me being a field scientist is making me a better parent and vice versa. Thanks to my reader for sending me the article.