A picture celebration of researchers at work

Credit: Jonah Reenders This shot of aquatic biologist Callie Veelenturf stooping with a sea turtle is the general champion of Nature’s 2018 #ScientistAtWork image competition, which celebrates the diversity and relevance of the research study researchers devote huge pieces of their lives to.

Veelenturf has actually simply started a placement at the Turtle Island Restoration Network, in Olema, California, where she’ll protect leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) as they lay their prompt coastlines throughout South and Central America. As component of her master’s- degree programme at Purdue University Fort Wayne in Indiana, she and also biologist Jonah Reenders, a volunteer on the job, invested virtually half a year living in tents on Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea.

In November 2016, 2 months in, Reenders broke this photo of her sampling a leatherback’s nest just before it began laying eggs. “Five months. Livin’ in a tent,” Veelenturf states. “We ate powdered infant food for breakfast on a daily basis.”

This year’s #ScientistAtWork contest– our 2nd– garnered about 330 access from all over the world. We saw researchers treating disease in West Africa, design crops in Australia and also tracking the habits of cave microorganisms in main Europe. Winning entrances were picked by Nature art editors on the basis of visual impact. Winners will certainly get a year’s individual membership to Nature.

Scientist taking measurements on a beach next to a leatherback sea turtle

Researchers commit limitless time and energy throughout their occupations to responding to particular inquiries or resolving specific issues. Veelenturf’s goal is to counter the fall in turtle birth rate– usually attributed to environment change– worldwide. “I wish to invest my life maintaining turtle environments,” she states.

Explore the other winning photos and runners-up listed below.


Panoramic view of an aurora and the Milky Way

Credit: Hang Li Space from the Antarctic. A view of the evening sky from Zhongshan Station in Antarctica shot by geodesist Hang Li of China’s Wuhan University in Hubei. For two months of polar evening, Li stayed in darkness, cool as well as isolation. Sent by Hang Li.

Two men and a boat hanging from rope on a cliff face

Credit: Michael Bird Into the sinkhole. Ecologist Mick Brand and also meteorologist Costijn Zwart of James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, abseil a boat right into a 40-metre sinkhole in Arnhem Land to check out the location’s geological record. Submitted by Michael Bird.

Researchers working in multi-coloured salt plains

Credit: Maria De Craen Salt levels. Microbiologist Hugo Moors and rock hound Mieke De Craen with the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre in Mol take samples from the volcanic salt levels of northern Ethiopia, among one of the most extreme environments in the world. Water right here has seven to 10 times the salt web content of the sea, and so can be heated up to temperatures above 100 ° C. Their example was extra acidic than the options in lots of automobile batteries. Submitted by Hugo Moors.

Man looking through a lens

Credit: Bogdan Dereka Glasses. Joseph Beckwith, an ultrafast photochemist at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and also a coworker of Bogdan Dereka, that took this image, arranges devices made to adjust laser light. Submitted by Bogdan Dereka.

Man making a speech to a crowd

Credit: Nelson W. Armour Speaking up for science. Entrepreneur Garry Cooper talks at a March for Science occasion in 2015. Cooper hopes this photo shows his message: researchers don’t all look alike, and that’s a good thing. The march was repeated this month. Submitted by Garry Cooper.

Drilling for ice cores

Credit: Ana Lyons Boring ice cores. Junior researchers heave up an ice-core sample near McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The blinding sun is deceptive, says professional photographer as well as biologist Ana Lyons of the University of California, Berkeley– it’s chilly. Sent by Ana Lyons.


Researchers in a small boat in the Antarctic

Credit: Greg Larsen Weapon biopsy. Marine biologists Greg Larsen of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and Ross Nichols of the University of California, Santa Cruz, chase a Minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) in the darkness of Mount William in Antarctic waters in March 2018. They got a weapon biopsy– an example of blubber as well as skin that can be made use of to track wellness in whale populaces. Sent by Greg Larsen.

Man trying to dig a 4x4 out of a puddle

Credit: Luke Jeffrey Collecting a 4 × 4. Ashly McMahon, an ecologist at Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia, attempts to free his cars and truck from wetlands in April 2015 at Cudgen Nature Reserve. Digital Photographer Luke Jeffrey, likewise at Southern Cross, claims he aided– after he safeguarded a photo. Submitted by Luke Jeffrey.

Woman holding antenna in mountains

Credit: Lauren Koenig Rocky Mountains’ radio signals. Ecologist Hae Yeong Ryu of Stony Brook University in New York monitors ground-squirrel populaces in July 2014 on Gothic Mountain, Colorado– about 600 metres above the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. A coworker, behavioral environmentalist Lauren Koenig, broke this image. Submitted by Lauren Koenig.

Ghostly exposure in a lab

Credit: Meredith Course Ghost-exposure procedure. A lengthy direct exposure records neuroscience postdoc Meredith Course in her laboratory at the University of Washington in Seattle in March 2018. She established the electronic camera as much as film as well as started dealing with an RNA protocol. The video camera saw only the high-contrast things moving– her lab layer. “science is not done by ghosts”, she says. “It is done by genuine humans who work hard, every day.” Sent by Meredith Course.

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