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5th Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference (LDC) 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: September 30, 2018

March 21-23, 2019 
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville, Florida

Our knowledge about the Earth’s biodiversity across space, time, and scale is expanding rapidly. New tools, like remote sensing, are creating new data sources, while other tools, like digitization, are freeing traditional datasets from the cabinets and drawers of labs and collections and making them accessible online. How do we teach students about biodiversity at different scales and contexts with these new data, tools, and resources?


Four-Dimensional Ecology Education Framework (4DEE) 

The 4DEE framework is organized into four categories: fundamental concepts, cross-cutting themes, skills and human dimensions.   As we move toward a multidimensional approach to ecology education, the 4DEE Task Force welcomes your ideas and contributions that illustrate how to teach and assess and/or develop and implement programs using the 4DEE framework.  The Task Force envisions that the framework will evolve over time and welcomes your input. Participate in our survey and let us know what you think about the 4DEE framework. 



Undergraduate Teaching Resources

EcoEd Digital Library

Search, browse, and contribute ecology education resources. Includes photographs, activities, figures, TIEE materials, and Issues in Ecology. The EcoEdDL is a portal of the LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library, jointly supported by ESA and three partner societies: Botanical Society of America, Society for the Study of Evolution and Society for Economic Botany.


Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE)
ESA’s journal for innovative lecture and lab activities to improve teaching and student learning. Submissions to TIEE are welcome. 


Ecology  Curricular Frameworks

Four-Dimensional Ecology Education Framework (4DEE) 


Other existing frameworks:

Ecological Core Concepts in EcoEd Digital Library

Ecology Learning Framework for CourseSource articles

CourseSource is an open-access journal of peer-reviewed teaching resources for college biological science courses. A key feature of CourseSource is the alignment of our articles with learning goals and objectives that were developed by the associated professional societies.

Basic Ecological Literacy


Faculty Development Opportunities 

Resources for Ecology Education – Fair & Share (REEFS) at ESA Annual Meetings , co-organized with the ESA Education Section.

Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference (LDC)   

Future of Environmental Decisions/Scaling Up

Workshops, webinars, and faculty mentoring networks to support:

  • data-intensive approaches to ecology education for faculty
  • use of geospatial and long term temporal data in environmental decision-making by the next generation of scientists

ESA-QUBES Faculty Mentoring Networks


K-12 Resources and Opportunities

PlantingScience is a learning and research resource, bringing together students from grades 6-12, plant scientists, and teachers from across the nation. Students engage in hands-on plant investigations, working with peers and scientist mentors to build collaborations and to improve their understanding of science. Student groups are mentored by scientists online as they complete an inquiry-based curriculum in their classroom. Managed by the Botanical Society of America. ESA is a Scientific Society partner.

Sign up as a Mentor at PlantingScience.
PlantingScience Teacher Resources.


ESA Education Community

Committee on Diversity and Education (CDE)

formerly Education and Human Resources Committee (EHRC)

ESA Education Listserv 

A venue for subscribers to discuss emerging issues in ecology, environmental science, and science education. Members can also share announcements and updates on ecology education programs.

ESA Education Section 
The Education Section currently has a membership of around 400 ecologists, educators, managers and administrators actively engaged in undergraduate, graduate, K-12 and teacher education, as well as community and public outreach programs and scholarly research in ecology education.


Other Initiatives

Ecology in the Pre-Medical Curriculum

Where is ecology in the proposed core competencies in pre-medical education and assessment? ESA’s Education and Human Resources Committee (now Committee on Education and Diversity) organized a response to the changes.