Cold Calling an Expert
I’ve been researching the marsh habitat and the salt marsh harvest mouse (SMHM) for years. I’ve worked in the marsh pulling out ice plants, cleaned the marsh, laid down in the marsh to look up to the sky to see what the mouse might see, and run on paths aside the marsh probably a thousand times. But never, never have I seen the marsh mouse up close.
I finished another manuscript and needed expert review. I googled experts and found a research study being conducted out of UC Davis. Further digging and I uncovered the professional studies being conducted by a PhD candidate and field scientist. I emailed her and asked if I could ask her some questions and would she read my manuscript.
And the Expert Said Yes
And oh by the way, would I like to go with her into the field when she tags and collars the marsh mice. What, see them for real? Heck yeah! Well, after being sick, running a race, being out of town, I didn’t think it would work. Then she called and said, “How about tomorrow?” I was right there.
This is one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. I could not stop smiling the whole time. Dr. Katherine Smith is conducting several field studies through out the Suisun Bay. I met her, donned waders, hat and we sloshed through the marsh checking their custom-made traps.