Biophysical Field Methods

Teaching Animal physiology Physics of life Evolution Biophysical field methods A primer on symbiosis A primer on social insects

Introduction to the course,who should take it, and why.

The experience of the 2016 class, produced by Tiffany Deater.

Biophysical Field Methods is a hybrid online / field course, co-produced by Prof Berry Pinshow of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel, and me.

The online part consists of a series of videos, shot on location entirely in Namibia. The field part consists of a two week expedition to Gobabeb Namib Research Institute, 90 km east of Walvis Bay, on the northern boundary of the Namib dune sea. There, students apply the lessons learned in the online course to real-world problems of adaptation in harsh environments. At Gobabeb, Dr Gillian Maggs-Kolling and Dr Eugene Marais join us as instructors.

The online course is available to anyone at You can view a couple of complimentary lessons on our course landing page.

If you are interested in one of the expeditions, please contact either me ( or Berry Pinshow ( by email. This year's expedition is scheduled 10-26 Feb 2020. If you are interested in a future expedition, please write us!

Go here for a photo album of the 2016 course, compiled by one of the students, Ms Yaya Tang of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.