The Researchers at Undergraduate Institutions Section is dedicated to supporting scientists with significant teaching loads in their roles as ecological researchers.  Our group provides opportunities for networking with other scientists working at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) and organizes events at the ESA annual meetings that address topics such as the challenges of maintaining active research programs at PUIs, ways to do productive research with undergraduates and strategies for obtaining research funding in the PUI environment. The RUI section also works to ensure that PUI scientists and their students are appropriately included in national ecological research initiatives.

Finally, we welcome interactions with early-career scientists who are interested in working at PUIs.


Current Officers (August 2011 – August 2013)


  • Current Chair: Laura Altfeld, Wilson College – please contact her with questions about the Section: laura.altfeld@wilson.edu
  • Past Chair: Romi Burks, Southwestern University – please contact her with questions about how to get more involved:burksr@southwestern.edu
  • Vice Chair: Anne Alerding, Virginia Military Institute – please contact her with questions about the 2012 workshop: AlerdingAB@vmi.edu
  • In addition, we have a Student Liaison, Sandra Dooley – please contact her for help connecting your undergraduates students with the ESA Student Section

We plan to expand our web page to include a database of members that can be searched to identify colleagues at PUIs as potential research collaborators, local seminar speakers or experts for consultation.  Thank you for stopping by!