Field Research Office


The FRO helps to facilitate safe 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.

Message from FRO Director, Dr. Erin Bayne 

As a field researcher for over 30 years, I have had the good fortune to work all over this beautiful country. I have learned a lot about what it takes to create a successful and safe field experience for a single individual all the way to managing crews of over 30 people.  Field research takes a huge amount of upfront effort in pre-trip planning, safety training, hazard assessment, and equipment management and the Field Research Office is here to help you with these tasks.  My goal as director is to develop tools and processes that ensure we all can collect the high-quality data we need, while at the same time providing the necessary support to ensure all legal requirements in terms of employee and safety standards are met.

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

Contact Us

Dr.  Erin Bayne, FRO Director

Professor, SCI | Biological Sciences 
Phone (780) 492-4165 
Office CCIS (1-275

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!