We are Mini and Gideon, wildlife biologists, who take our toddlers with us to work in remote rainforests: Ask Us Anything!
My short bio: We are Mrinalini and Gideon Erkenswick Watsa, and we are wildlife biologists who do research for several months a year in the Peruvian Amazon. 17 months ago, we had twin boys, and we were faced with a choice - keep being wildlife biologists with intensive fieldwork requirements or to give it all up and keep the boys home. We chose to keep going! Our twins have been to two field seasons, their first at 7 months and their second by age 1. They've taken over 20 airplane rides and have visited 3 countries. They've spent 2 weeks in the Indian Western Ghats and 5 weeks at a remote site in the Peruvian Amazon. Just after they turn two, they will have completed two more field station visits. Can you be a field scientist and a parent simultaneously? We think so. Ask Us Anything!
Field Station Amenities: No electricity, except for 3 hours a night via generator, but we did have mosquitoes, botflies and chiggers. Laundry done by hand, but help with basic meals provided. The twins were still on formula at the time.
1:00 PM Update: Thank you all for your incredible questions and interest and support. That was a little scary! I'm tuning out for the moment (the twins await) but I'll be back to check these questions later today, so keep them coming if you have them!
My Proof: See our professional websites: https://miniwatsa.com:Mini's website and https://gideonerkenswick.com: Gideon's website. We both work for https://fieldprojects.org: Field Projects International as instructors and senior research scientists (see our bios at: https://fieldprojects.org/faculty/mini-watsa/ and https://fieldprojects.org/faculty/gideon-erkenswick), taking our children with us to the following remote field stations so far: https://fieldprojects.org/field-site/cicra-2/: Los Amigos Biological Field Station, Peru and https://fieldprojects.org/field-site/fringe-ford/: Fringe Ford, India. One of the twins is napping, so here is our IAMA proof picture with the other twin! https://fieldprojects.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/84f7cf82-041f-4cf9-b938-34f32d2dd29b.jpg