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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.

What We Do

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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News

  • Why I left academia after getting my PhD

    I am a community marine ecologist by training. My PhD consisted of me driving a boat to conduct fieldwork in a wetsuit in Moorea, French Polynesia. Now, I am a Research Staff Member at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)….

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  • Early Career Events at ESA 2019

    Early Career Ecologists Section list of relevant activities and presentations ESA Annual Meeting 2019 – Louisville, KY We will have a booth in the exhibit hall each day of the conference and we guarantee someone will be there for the first hour each day (4-5pm). Come on by to say hi, get some swag, and get a semi-professional photo taken!…

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  • 2019-2020 Early Career Ecologists Officer Election Announcement

    It’s the last week to vote in the ECE 2019-2020 elections for Vice-Chair and Secretary Treasurer. Cast your vote here. To be valid, votes must be cast by 11:59pm on July 21, 2019. Only current members of the ECE Section are eligible to vote. Limit one vote per eligible member. Candidates will be elected by a simple majority of valid ballots cast….

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