Seeking mentors for the 2020 Early Career Mentorship Program

Call for ESA Mentors!

Early Career Mentoring Program

Ecological Society of America Virtual Meeting, 2020

If you are interested in becoming a potential ESA Mentor and are planning to register for the 2020 virtual meeting, please fill out our ECMP Google form.


Conferences provide unique opportunities for biologists to interact with others in their field; however, these opportunities are rarely structured to promote meaningful interactions between the next generation of integrative ecologists and more senior scientists. Access to strong mentors both within and outside of their main institution is critical for early career ecologist support and for gaining the necessary skills to become a good mentor and to move towards the next career stages. Our semi-formal mentoring program pairs early career ecologists – advanced graduate students (within 1 year of graduating) and recent post-graduates (within 3 years of obtaining their degree) – with established ecologists (across career pathways) to establish mentoring relationships, structured around interactions the week of the ESA Annual Meeting and beyond.

Mentors Needed:

Volunteer mentors across all career pathways (e.g., research, teaching, government, nonprofit) will be asked to interact with early career ecologists seeking mentorship in professional development and work-life challenges. Mentors will be placed in a mentoring “pool”. If paired with a specific mentee, mentors will be asked to:

1) Get to know the mentee a little before the meeting- an informal phone conversation, emails etc

1) view their mentee’s virtual talk or poster and to provide positive, but critical, evaluation and advice on presentation and communication,

2) designate time (1-1.5 hours) for a one-on-one virtual interaction with their mentee and a panel discussion with other mentors and mentees in the program.

3) be open-minded towards discussing broader work-life issues, if the mentee wishes, and to

4) be open towards continuing to provide the mentee with opportunities to expand their mentoring or collaboration networks after the meeting has ended.

We are seeking mentors who are registered (or planning to register) to attend the ESA virtual meeting and who are enthusiastic about participating in events aimed at the broader early career ecologist group (e.g., a mentor-mentee mixer, workshops or discussions on professional development; specific events TBA).

For more information:

Email: Early Career Mentorship Program Coordinator (

Twitter: @ESA_EarlyCareer