While we're we all away on spring vacation, I will be packing for Nova Scotia. I am not sure what to expect. I know I will be doing things to measure small mammal populations, but I am not sure exactly what tasks I will be assigned in my two weeks there. Will I get to handle animals? Will I get to see animals like porcupines and beavers in the wild? I will be most excited if I get to see a fisher cat. It is possible that I will mostly be counting footprints and poop. I really don't know. But I do know that I'll be doing something I have never done before. I have never been a part of scientific research.
In the most basic ways scientists do their research just like historians: we all start with a question; we all gather evidence; we all analyze the evidence to conclude something that helps us understand the world better. But that's where the similarity ends. Just exactly how and why the fields differ is what I am going to learn on my Earthwatch expedition to Nova Scotia. It should be fun!