Diversity in Ecology

ESA Diversity Programs

SEEDS is ESA’s flagship award-winning education program. Its mission is to diversify and advance the ecology profession through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest of underrepresented students to participate, and to lead in ecology. Focused mainly at the undergraduate level, with extension services for communities, high schools, graduate students, and international collaborations, the SEEDS program promotes an ecology profession with wide representation to ensure environmental understanding and a sustainable future for all.


Women and Minorities in Ecology (WAMIE) Committee Reports 
ESA established the Committee on Women and Minority Affairs in 1988. In 1991, it became a Standing Committee of the Society. This committee provides leadership and recommendations for ESA diversity initiatives.

» WAMIE II Report (2006) 
» WAMIE I Report (1993)
» Report of the Standing Committee [ESA Bulletin]  (1992)

Profiles of Ecologists Report
This report was the result of a 2005 survey of the ESA membership to: (1) determine the pattern of graduate degrees in ecology earned; (2) determine ethnicity and gender composition in the field; (3) catalog the nation’s environmental science capabilities; and (4) analyze current patterns of employment.

ESA Community

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Section
The TEK Section promotes the understanding, discussion, and respectful use of traditional ecological knowledge.
Contact: Ron Trosper
Email: rltrosper@ais.arizona.edu

Environmental Justice Section
The EJ Section promotes the engagement of ecologists in addressing environmental injustice issues through education, research and outreach.
Contact: George Middendorf
Email: gmiddendorf@howard.edu