Message from FRO Director, Dr. Jeff Kavanaugh

Field research has long been one of the cornerstones of the University of Alberta. The Field Research Office’s mission is to provide support for field researchers at every stage of a research project, through pre-trip planning, hazard mitigation, and safety training, providing safety equipment for use in the field, and advocating for field researchers upon their return from the field. As Director, I look forward to working with researchers across the university campus and developing new tools and initiatives to support field researchers in their investigations.

Field Research Office (FRO)

The FRO aims to facilitate off-campus research activities, including all types of field, archival, library or other research, as well as field trips and field schools, carried out nationally or internationally. We provide advice and offer the following services:
  • Info on field operations and/or safety plans so that they are compliant with U of A policy and OHS legislation
  • Info on mitigation or control of your hazards such as training, PPE, etc
  • Equipment rentals at cost-recovery (satellite communication devices, AEDs, and Medical First Aid Kits)
  • Connections to other field researchers within the U of A community

Field Research Activities Committee (FRAC)

FRAC is made up of faculty members who specialize in field research, safety technicians, senior management within HSE, and other units who come together to provide a channel of communication between field researchers and senior administration and work towards solutions and advancement of issues identified by the field research community within the University of Alberta.

FRO and FRAC Terms of Reference Field Research Activities Committee Member List

Contact Us

Dr.  Jeffrey Kavanaugh, FRO Director

Associate Professor, SCI | Earth and Atmospheric Sciences 
Phone (780) 492-1740
Office CCIS (Office 3-009) 

Kim Schaerer, Program Coordinator

Phone (780) 492-8981

Office Address

2-10 Materials Management Building
8415 - 117 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3

Questions about field research? Email us!