Blogs & Videos: Field Work

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Women in Science: Corrie Moreau, Evolutionary Biologist and Entomologist

Evolutionary biologist and entomologist Corrie Moreau has traveled to remote tropical locations to collect ant specimens, made new scientific discoveries, and continues to support and mentor students and young scientists through her work with the Field Museum Women In Science program. 

Left: Two green turtles on a log in a lake with green algae. Right: A large brown turtle with a tall shell sitting among rocks and grass.

What Do We Mean by “Theory” in Science? (And How Turtle Shells Can Help Explain)

A theory is a carefully thought-out explanation for observations of the natural world that has been constructed using the scientific method, and which brings together many facts and hypotheses.

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Women in Science: Corine Vriesendorp, Conservation Ecologist

We're highlighting women in science at The Field Museum and their diverse areas of research, paths to working in science, and their advice for future scientists. Hear from Corine Vriesendorp, MacArthur Sr. Conservation Ecologist, Director, Andes-Amazon program:

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What Do We Mean When We Talk About Facts in Science?

The use of the words “fact”, “hypothesis”, and “theory” in science can be confusing, especially if conducting research isn’t your everyday job! But these terms have specific meanings, and they’re part of an important process that scientists use to gather information about the world around us. First, some quick definitions—here’s how scientists at The Field Museum (and around the world) use these terms: