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Early Career Section

We are an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of early career ecologists in the Ecological Society of America. “Early career” is broadly defined as any post-graduate individual who currently has less than 8 years of full-time employment in an ecology-related position, or otherwise self-identifies as early career.

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  • Social distancing: a journey to understand manes and myself

    Social distancing: a journey to understand manes and myself by Stotra Chakrabarti Citation: Chakrabarti S, Bump JK, Jhala YV, Packer C. 2021. Contrasting levels of social distancing between the sexes in lions. iScience, Cell Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2021.102406 ‘Social life’ is rare yet fundamental to the world around us. A busy swarm of bees, a disciplined trail of ants or an enigmatic…

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  • Early Career Ecologists Section Outstanding Publication Award

    The Early Career Ecologists (ECE) Section of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) announces our annual award for Outstanding Publication by an Early Career Ecologist. This award has been given since 2017 and is meant to honor exceptional research by an ECE section member published as a peer-reviewed manuscript of particular importance and relevance to the ecological community. The award consists…

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  • On the challenges of life as a graduate student, scientist, and new mom

    By Amanda J Gorton I was three weeks postpartum when I received the news that my post-doc fellowship had been selected for funding. My immediate feelings were a mixture of relief, excitement, and sheer panic. I was relieved that I had secured my next position and would not be unemployed after defending my PhD. I was excited to move in…

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  • Differential Gene Expression: successful parenting strategies for Caribbean coral

    by Krti Tallam Note from the Author: Nia Symone Walker is a 4th year PhD Candidate at Stanford University. Nia received her degree in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University in 2016.  Prior to her graduate studies, Nia conducted research as a Science Educator for the Maritime Aquarium’s classrooms, supported by NOAA’s Environmental Literacy Grants Program. Nia primarily uses…

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Early Career Includes

Early Career Includes

Early career individuals may include postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors, lecturers, adjunct faculty members, and employees of government, non-profit, advocacy, university, and industrial scientific entities. However, section membership will be open to any member of the Society

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Early Career Mentoring Program

Early Career Mentoring Program

The mentorship program pairs selected early career ecologists (mentees) with an established scientist in their field (mentor) who has agreed to meet one-on-one for career guidance.

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Purpose

Purpose

The overall purpose of the Early Career Ecologist Section is to provide support to this sizeable demographic of the Society in the transitional period of their professional development (i.e. from student to professional). Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the job search process, tenure and promotion, non-academic career options, securing research funding, course development, and fulfilling committee and other service responsibilities.

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