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Inclusive Ecology

About us: The Inclusive Ecology section was established in the summer of 2016 in order to provide resources and support for all ecologists, regardless of physical/mental ability, gender identity, ethnicity, socio-economic status, culture, nationality, family status, politics, religion, level of education, or age. During its establishment, concerns were raised that the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and its sections already strive to be inclusive, and that there are already several programs in place to address issues of diversity. Emerging patterns in our national social climate have rendered establishment of this section especially timely. In the spirit of our mission, we are coordinating efforts to engage people from myriad perspectives in collegial conversation with a common goal of advancing ecological science.

Our mission: To provide resources and support for all ecologists, regardless of race, sex, physical or mental ability or difference, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socio-economic status, culture or subculture, national origin, marital status, parental status, politics, religion, level of education, or age.

ESA 2017: We are organizing or co-sponsoring several events at the upcoming ESA conference this August (2017) in Portland, OR:

  1. Special Session –Our living environment: Causes and strategies for alleviating impacts of environmental change on minority communities. Mon. 8/7, 8-10 PM. Cost: free
  2. Joint Mixer and Business Meeting – Meet and mingle with people from Inclusive Ecology, TEK, Urban Ecology, Black Ecologists, Education, Environmental Justice, and Human Ecology. Mon. 8/7, 6-8PM.
  3. Special Session– Enhancing diversity in ecology: Planning for strategic coordination among ESA sections. Tues. 8/8, 8-10 PM. Cost: free
  4. Workshop – Inclusive communication: Improving conversations through consideration and empathy. Thurs. 8/10, 11:30AM-1:15PM. Cost: free

Contact us: We would love to hear from you! We look forward to cultivating stronger connections between individuals and communities outside of ESA who share our passion for science, and are concerned about our collective interdependence on our environment.

•Chair (2016-17): Kennedy “Ned” Rubert-Nason (kfrubert at
•Vice-chair (2016-17): Wilnelia Recart (wilnelia.recart at
•Webmaster (2016-17): Sam Davis (sam at
•Former chair and founder: Elita Baldridge (elita.baldridge at

Officer nominations: We hold our officer elections in September of each year, and are seeking nominations for the 2017-2018 term. If you are interested in serving our section at this extraordinary juncture in history, please contact the Chair (above).

Inclusive Ecology Bylaws



Events that we’re sponsoring at the ESA 2017 Conference in Portland, OR

Logo design competition: The Inclusive Ecology section has received four awesome submissions for a possible new logo design, and is asking for your vote on which one is best! Voting has been extended through 6/7/17. Submit your preferences here. The top three designs will receive a cash prize, and the first place design will appear on all Inclusive Ecology related material, including T-shirts that will be given at the ESA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon!

Updated 02.June.2017