Committee on Diversity and Education

The Committee on Diversity and Education guides and helps implement the Society’s efforts

1) to raise the public’s awareness and understanding of ecology,

2) to ensure the continuing supply of new ecologists, and

3) to create a scientific environment that embraces diversity and allows all professionals to flourish. 

The Committee is responsible for promoting excellence in ecology education at all levels, and for developing and overseeing the education programs of the Society.  The Committee is also responsible for development of programs to enhance recruitment, training and retention of women and minorities in the ecological sciences, and to encourage equitable treatment and representation of all ecologists, regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation or cultural background.

The Vice President for Education and Human Resources serves as Chair of the Committee.  The President of the Society shall be a voting, ex officio member, and the Executive Director and an education staff designee of the Executive Director shall be non-voting, ex officio members.  


CDE Mission Statement

Fostering collaboration, promoting diversity, and advancing education


CDE Strategic Plan

Download the CDE Strategic Plan 2016-2018 [PDF]

The Committee for Diversity and Education developed a new strategic plan at their retreat in October 2015.   This document is intended to be a living document. Periodic updates of progress will be posted when ready. If you are interested in learning how to contribute to the implementation of this plan, please contact Nalini Nadkarni, VP for Education and Human Resources. 

Priority Goals for CDE

  1. Enhance public awareness of and engagement with ecology
  2. Disseminate best practices in ecology to attract a continuing supply of new ecologists
  3. Diversify ESA membership, the population of ecologists, and the range of publics whom we reach
  4. Shape the CDE as a hub to coordinate and amplify impacts of events and initiatives
  5. Measure and understand the efficacy and extent of the impacts of CDE activities to create improved programs and best use resources into the future. 

VP for Education and Human Resources 

2015-2018  Nalini Nadkarni, University of Utah

Committee Members

Nalini Nadkarni (University of Utah)
Betsy Bancroft, Gonzaga University
Brenda Bergman, Michigan Technological University, TEK Section
Candace Galen,  University of Missouri
George Middendorf, Howard University, EJ Section
Johanna Varner, Colorado Mesa University
Josh Scholl, University of Arizona, Student Section
Kim Bjorgo-Thorne, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Education Section
Aurora MacRae-Crerar, University of Pennsylvania

Committee Reports

2015 CDE Report to the Governing Council.  ESA Bulletin October 2015. pp. 38-41.