Biophysical Field Methods

Teaching Animal physiology Physics of life Diversity of life Biophysical field methods

See an introduction to the course, including what the course is, who should take it, and why.

See this video documentary, shot and produced by Tiffany Deater, which describes the experiences of the 2016 class for Biophysical Field Methods.

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 the Gobabeb Desert Research Centre, 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 24 May 2019 to 20 June 2019, and slots are still available. 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.