Geoethics in the Field: Integrating Ethical Principles into Geoscience Fieldwork Practices

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Thursday, May 3, 2018 1:00 PM EDT | 1 hour
Series: AGI/AIPG Geoscience Online Learning Webinar
CEUs: 0.10

As outdoor field professionals we have a responsibility to not only use appropriate scientific methodology, but also to behave as good stewards of the land upon which we work. As educators we also have a responsibility to teach others how to conduct themselves professionally. Ethical field study concerns all of the uses and values of the lands, not only their value as a geoscience field laboratory. As a society, these land use values shift over time and so our perceptions and expectations of what is acceptable practice in the field must also shift. We must continually challenge our thinking and our behavior both as individuals and as a profession in order to maintain the highest standards of integrity possible. In short, every geoscientist in the field needs to continually evaluate how they are representing themselves and their work. People are watching, so we need to lead by example.


Scott Foss is the senior paleontologist for the Bureau of Land Management where he manages fossils on public lands. This includes ensuring that land use decisions affecting paleontology are made using scientific principles and expertise, that paleontological resources are inventoried, both on the ground and in the museum, and that the bureau has a robust program of outreach to inform the public about the significance of fossils. Prior to working in Washington, D.C., Scott was a regional paleontologist for the Bureau of Land Management and a curator of paleontology for the National Park Service. Scott earned his Ph.D. in biological sciences at Northern Illinois University, attended the University of Minnesota where he took courses in veterinary sciences, and prior to that, received a bachelor's degree in geology from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Scott's research interests include the paleobiology of Paleogene artiodactyls and the geoethics involved with public land policy. When Scott is not being a paleontologist you will find him on a bicycle.

CEU Credits

All registrants who attend the entire duration of this webinar will receive 0.1 CEUs from the American Institiute of Professional Geologists.

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