A lot of us have joined with family on work trips. It can be a great way to turn that business travel into a small adventure.
Well-known plastics pollution researcher and University of Georgia professor Jenna Jambeck has taken it up a few steps and probably has all of us beat.
Jambeck, her husband and their two kids are spending three weeks in a 19-foot camper trailer traveling the Mississippi River as part of her work with the Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative.
She's documenting it in this personal blog, where she also delves into how as a kid she tried to find role models for the kind of scientific researcher she wanted to be and her own wonderings about how to mesh that future career with a future family.
The Mississippi River initiative she's working on is a project of the National Geographic Society, the United Nations Environment Programme and the University of Georgia to build a citizen network documenting pollution along the river and feed that data into the Marine Debris Tracker app.
If you're not familiar with Jambeck, she's a National Geographic fellow and a co-author of some seminal papers on plastics in the marine environment. She regularly speaks at conferences and has testified before Congress.
And, like me, she's turned to camping in the pandemic, although my forays have been more modest with a tent in West Virginia. Sounds like she and her family will have a great time.