Introducing IDRN’s Field Debrief Series – Nov. 26th

The Liu Institute for Global Issues and the International Development Research Network (IDRN) present:

Field Debrief and Brown Bag Lunch:

A discussion on conducting fieldwork in challenging locations

Are you preparing for fieldwork in a remote or otherwise challenging location and interested in hearing from fellow grad students that have been in your shoes?  Or maybe you’ve recently returned and would like to share your own experiences?  Bring your lunch and join graduate students Sean Kearney and Sam Cantor as they lead the discussion, drawing on challenges and insights from their recent international fieldwork.

Thursday, November 26, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:00pm  

Liu Institute, Research Unit One (Main Floor, off the lobby), UBC

IMG_3023.JPGCredit: Sean Kearney

Description of event and discussion leaders

Sean Kearney is a PhD candidate in Soil Science in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.  Sean will discuss some of the lessons he has learned over the years conducting research with smallholder farming communities in El Salvador and Uganda. Sean’s current research focuses on evaluating environmentally sound farming alternatives and their ability to provide food and income for subsistence farmers in less-developed countries.

Samuel Cantor is an MSc Candidate in Geology, working with the Mineral Deposit Research Unit (MDRU).  Sam’s research looks at stable isotope alteration in carbonate rocks as a deposit vectoring tool. The focus of his most recent research is on a lead-zinc mine in the Peruvian Andes.  He will focus primarily on his recent 24-day trip to the mine in August, but will also touch on his two years working in Nicaragua for a greenfields gold exploration project.



No need to RSVP, just show up!

This event is open to anyone interested, feel free to bring your lunch.

Questions?  Contact Sean Kearney at


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