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Who do you work with when you do fieldwork?
Melanie and local colleague test water samples.
Melanie and local colleague test water samples.
 
Melanie Said
I take a team made up of other scientists from the Museum, and students. And-very importantly-I always collaborate with people who live there. Sometimes I work with local scientists, or people from government agencies. Often I work with local students. They provide us with a lot of local knowledge and information. In return, we share knowledge of how we carry out scientific fieldwork.

Fishing is a common language; everyone is an expert. Everywhere I go, I meet people who are natural ichthyologists. They know everything about the fish in their environment. Every village knows who these people are. After I'm there for a day or two, they hear about me, and show up. People have phenomenal knowledge.