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At Work in the Wilderness: Occupational Mortality of Field Biologists - Survey

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Introductory text: Below is a survey to document an event in which a life scientist* died during field work, to better understand international patterns of mortality risks to field life scientists at a global level. We are asking for events starting in the year 2000 to present.

Please fill out the survey for any fatality (trauma, infectious disease, or otherwise) of a field life scientist that you know about. These can be intentional or accidental fatalities.

Please forward the survey link to your scientific colleagues around the world. Please do not hesitate to share widely as we can account for duplication of survey responses. 

*we define a field life scientist as anyone who studies the ecology/biology of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, plants or fungi in the wild (marine, terrestrial, aquatic). This can also include natural resource managers who study these animals in the field. We include as ‘scientists,’ investigators at any level including employed workers, volunteers, and students. We include any scientist who works for the government, industry, academic or NGO. Events include scientists who have died 'in the field,' even if it was during their 'time off,' but they were still stationed 'in the field.'

Names of the deceased will not be reported in any report or publication of this research.

This research has been determined as Not Human Subjects research by Emory University Institutional Review Board. 


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