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Embracing Diversity

Diverse people for a diverse science drives scientific innovation and discovery. In 2014, the ESA Governing Board adopted a Diversity Statement that embraces the participation by all individuals in the science of ecology and at all levels of the society.


Diversity Statement

The Ecological Society of America is dedicated to the science and study of ecology. The Society welcomes and encourages participation by all individuals regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental difference, politics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or subculture. We strive to cultivate a society built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance and mutual respect, thereby engendering a welcoming environment for all. Ecologists believe in the need for interdisciplinary study, both in terms of disciplines and participants. We believe in biodiversity both in terms of ecosystems and membership. We will vigorously and proactively reject prejudice and stereotyping wherever it is encountered in our profession. ESA further promotes diversity in all areas of activity, including fostering diversity in membership, leadership, committees, staff, outreach, public engagement, recruitment, and all other areas of societal activity.
– Adopted November 2014


Strategic Plan for Diversity & Education

The office works closely with ESA’s Committee on Diversity and Education (CDE).

Download The CDE Strategic Plan 2016-2018

Get Involved

Submit: Call for Proposals for 5th Life Discovery – Doing Science Biology Education conference

Learn More: Four-dimensional Ecology Education (4DEE) Framework Defined. Join in the discussions at the 2018 ESA Annual Meeting

Share Your Career Journey and/or Support the first ESA Career Fair at the Annual Meeting: Scientists in business, government and nonprofits or researchers in interesting arrangements needed!

Join the forum for ecology educators (Google groups) for up to date information




Education And Diversity Programs Office

ESA’s Education and Diversity Programs Office develops strategic programs to increase diversity within ecology-related professions and to improve the quality of ecology education at all levels. Meet the Staff.