Interdisciplinary Research in Ecology [announcement]

This is a guest announcement from Dennis Tarasi, a PhD Candidate in the Peet Lab at UNC-Chapel Hill*
What is interdisciplinary research? What is the future of interdisciplinary research in ecology?
Interdisciplinary research is one of the most commonly used catchphrases in the field of ecology and broader science in general. This term has been used (and misused) so much that its definition has become very ambiguous and context-dependent. Ecologists generally embrace the importance of interdisciplinary work, but their vision and application varies drastically.

We will host a workshop as part of ESA’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore to address the current state of interdisciplinary research in ecology, including major benefits and challenges facing researchers, and the future outlook of the field regarding interdisciplinary work. By understanding the challenges that interdisciplinary researchers confront, we hope to better foster interdisciplinary research and scholarship in the academy. We will present an open-discussion workshop emphasizing interdisciplinary ecology from the perspectives of scientists at diverse career stages, culminating in a peer-reviewed publication addressing many of the ideas presented over the course of the workshop. 

If you are currently engaged in interdisciplinary research, planning to delve further into such work, or generally interested in the future of ecological research, we invite you to join us on Saturday, August 8 for a large working-group discussion on these and related topics. Join us for an opportunity to discuss, learn, network, and help pave the way for the future of ecology! ESA general registration is now open, and we encourage you to consider registering for our workshop to have your voice heard! If you have questions, please contact Dennis Tarasi ( We hope you can join us!


Specific Details

Workshop #6: Educating the Interdisciplinary Ecologist — assessing educational ecosystems to help ecologists succeed, get hired, and push boundaries.
Time: Saturday, August 8, 2015: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
Fee: $25
If you want to join the workshop, but have already registered for the conference, it’s not too late! You can use this mail-in form

*If you have an announcement relevant to ESA Early Career Ecologists, please let us know! We’re happy to consider guest posts for our readers!