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ESA Early Career Ecology Section

Welcome to the homepage of the ESA Early Career Ecology Section! For more information about the section and its members, please see "What We Do", or if you're in the mood for some light reading, scroll down to see our most recent blogs!

What We Do

News

  • Advice for Giving a Dual-Language Presentation

    by Bryan Juarez I graduated with a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Iowa State University during May 2021. While preparing my presentation I noticed I could not find any easily accessible resources which gave advice on presenting in two languages. For this reason, I was invited to write about my experience. The goal of this piece is to…

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  • The Long Way Around: the struggles of reentering ecology research

    A woman scuba diving in sea grass and bare ocean floor.

    by Hayley Henderson By the time I was about to graduate high school, I was too busy trying to live until tomorrow to think of a future for myself. Many of my classmates had careers already in mind – intelligence security, computer engineering, veterinarian science. They’d talk about them openly, about summer internships, the best schools to apply to, the…

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  • Meet an Early Career Ecologist: Molly Reichenborn

    This month’s blog post is an interview with Molly Reichenborn, who serves on the ECE Board as the Secretary-Treasurer. Tell us about yourself! Currently I’m a second-year doctoral student at New Mexico State University in the Animal and Range Sciences Department. I’m from Kansas originally and received my undergraduate and master’s degrees from Wichita State University near where I was…

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  • Navigating Academia (and Beyond) with ADHD

    Navigating Academia (and Beyond) with ADHD by Cait Rottler This post is partially guided by a Slack Chat that took place Monday, 1/24/22 in the ECE Slack Chat space. If you would like to go back and read that and aren’t a member of our Slack channel yet, you can join here. I wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until about a…

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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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