There should be more researchers that follow in Robert Landsburg's footsteps.Landsburg was a photographer that visited the Mount St. Helens volcano many times to photograph the changes as it was preparing to erupt. Tragically, he was killed doing so. However, his first hand account and photos provided critical pieces of information. Although we have more sophisticated computer software, there is nothing like being on the ground, albeit with more precautions.
Actually, Robert Landsburg was a photographer, not a scientist involved in the research.
He would have had no reason to believe his life was in direct danger by going there. He was just taking photos of what he would believe to be a relatively harmless active volcano.
If he had know that he would die, saving the film may look selfless but he probably believed that his life was not endangered but wanted to protect his film and camera so he could sell the images.
Thing is, researchers, and those involved in the media tend to get involved with some dangerous situations. It's a part of the job, especially if you want some important research or the media attention. If they don't like the risk, they should find a different job.
I don't think journalists should knowingly place themselves in imminent danger. However if they are found in such a situation, I think they should absolutely follow Robert Landsburg's footsteps. He bravely protected his film in order to create a legacy of photographs that no one living could have possibly obtained.
No, researchers should not follow in Robert Landsburg's footsteps, because Landsburg died trying to photograph Mt. Saint Helens. It's important to be dedicated to a person's work, but people also have families that love them and depend on them. A person should only be dedicated to photography to the extent that it doesn't threaten his life.
Robert Landsburg was the photographer who aimed to document the changing status of Mout St. Helen's. Days before it's major eruption in 1980, Landsburg was near the summit. Knowing he would likely die, he took pictures as the volcano erupted, wound the film back into its case, put it in his backpack, and lay on top of it hoping to preserve the photos.
Landsburg was brave in his final act, however, he put too much at risk in the name of documenting nature. Rather than risking his life and capturing the photos, Landsburg would have been better served to descend the volcano and continue his profession rather than having it end with Mt. St. Helens.