Originally posted on Writing for Nature:
I love nature, but as a terrestrial primate, I have a love of tools as well. A simple knife is usually enough for me, with that I can make nearly anything else, given enough time, but I like other tools as well; rope, cameras, and computers to name a few.
I am often teased for the tools I carry (I have full pockets), but the teasing is usually good natured as I use all the tools I carry on a regular basis and others often benefit from my tool use. One of the tools I carry is a smartphone, an iPhone to be specific. What I like best about it is not the phone aspect, but the computer aspect. It is a surprisingly versatile field science and reference tool, even setting aside the ability to go online from the field.
People often ask me what apps I use, so I finally went through my phone and selected a list of the ones I think are best for field-work, at least for the sort of field-work I find myself doing.