“COVID-19 is here to stay for the foreseeable future” — Field work in a pandemic

(Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) Independent group leaders Eleanor Scerri and Denise Kühnert of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) have teamed up with other colleagues from the institute and beyond to comment on the future of field-based sciences in a COVID-19 world. The piece outlines the epidemiological characteristics of SARS-CoV-2, details its effects on field-based sciences and identifies how working practices can be remodeled to overcome the challenges brought on by the virus.