Networking Events Schedule

Monday, August 2, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT

Data Help Desk: So much data, so little time!

This session is an introduction to data repositories where you can deposit your datasets to meet funder or publisher requirements, and also retrieve public data to further your research. Representatives from eight repositories will give 3-min presentations highlighting their holdings, approach and services, followed by general Q&A and discussion initiated by the audience.

Explore Careers in Ecology I

Ecologists helping ecologists! Hear from ecological professionals in several different industries about their work and their career journey, plus advice for how to succeed, then either join the live Q&A session or ask your questions in the system.

Monday, August 2, 2021, 1:30-2:30 PM PDT

Resume Review

Make sure that your resume or CV is dressed to impress! Sign up to have your resume reviewed by a professional in the field in a live one-on-one time. Also seeking volunteers. More details and signup available here.

Monday, August 2, 2021, 3:30-4:30 PM PDT

Aquatic Ecology Section Mixer

Annual mixer and business meeting of the Aquatic Ecology Section.

Ecological Restoration Section Mixer

Join the Ecological Restoration section to connect with fellow members and learn more about what’s to come. Activities will include a few games and a raffle with prizes. We look forward to seeing you all virtually this year!

Monday, August 2, 2021, 3:30-5:00PM PDT

Human Dimensions Collaborative-UCS Mega Mixa 2.0

Join us for the second annual “Mega Mixa” of like-minded sections interested in the human dimensions of ecology. With 100+ attendees last year, the event is a great chance to network, meet new people, and have some fun interacting with colleagues in the virtual world.

Theory Section Social Event

Theory Section Annual Business Meeting and Social

Monday, August 2, 2021, 4:30-5:30PM PDT

Speed Networking – Early Career Ecologists Section

Collaborating with others within and across disciplines is one of the benefits of working in the field of ecology. Virtual meetings present both challenges and opportunities for building new professional connections. Join the Early Career Ecologists Section for a “speed networking” event designed to help build connections and facilitate collaborations. All career stages welcome!

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT

ESA Soil Ecology Section Business Meeting

The ESA Soil Ecology Section will hold its annual business meeting to discuss Section business including, updates from ESA, section leadership transition, and discuss ideas for next years activities. This is an open event, and all members are very welcome to attend.

2021 Award Ceremony and Reception

A brief ceremony will be held to honor those that have been won one of the prestige ESA awards and those that have been named ESA Early Career Fellows and Fellows.

Data Help Desk: ESA Data Sharing Policy: What It Means for YOU

ESA recently instituted a policy requiring data sharing for all associated journals so that the community can more easily validate research methods, create reproducible science, and further support scientific exploration and preservation. This new policy went into effect on February 1, 2021, and the open research policy applies to the entire family of journals. The policy in a nutshell: as a condition of publication in ESA journals, all underlying data and statistical code pertinent to the results must be available in a permanent, publicly accessible data archive or repository. What does this mean for you as an ESA researcher? Zsolt Silberer, Director of ESA Publishing, and the Data Help Desk (8 research data organizations and repositories) will host a session explaining the new policy, how to abide by it, and what are some of the research data repositories that would be a good place for your ecological data.

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, 1:30-2:30 PM PDT

Mock Interviews

Go into your job interviews with confidence! Get live tips from a professional on how to answer common questions and best tell your story to prospective employers. Also seeking volunteers to conduct interviews! More details and signup available here.

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, 3:30-4:30 PM PDT

ESA Early Career Ecologists Section Mixer

Networking mixer for ESA’s early career ecologists. Election results for section leadership will be announced, as will highlights from 2020-2021.

ESA Latin America and the Caribbean Chapter Mixer

This is an event for our chapter members to interact, reconnect, and meet colleagues working and living in Latin America and the Caribbean. The agenda for the mixer will be: a) Discuss and meet the speakers of the Symposium organized by the chapter titled “Navigating A Gender-Biased World: Lessons From The Experiences Of Women In Ecology Across Cultures And Generations”; b) establish collaborations and novel ways to address common goals, emerging challenges, and to develop projects to promote interactions among ecological societies such as the ATBC (with whom we recently had a successful collaborative webinar) and other ecological societies of Latin America and the Caribbean; c) discuss LAC chapter member’s success after participating in the annual meeting (i.e. publications ratio of poster/talks presented during ESA meetings); d) discuss scientific decolonization in ecology with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean; e) announce the best student talk and poster awards in our chapter; f) announce the composition of the new board, and; g) discuss future collaborations, upcoming events, and webinars we have prepared for the chapter.

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021, 3:30-5:00 PM PDT

Physiological Ecology Section Business Meeting & Mixer

The Physiological Ecology Section will meet to discuss section activities, membership, fundraising, student awards, and session topics for the 2022 Annual Meeting.

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT

Data Help Desk: Using Data

This session will involve for 4 subtopics that will last for 15 minutes each. Cleaning data to facilitate reproducible research / Creating tidy data structures to facilitate reproducible research Reading data directly into your analysis script: Introduction to APIs From our servers to your research: tutorials and resources for loading NEON data into your preferred computing environment Cloud-based data tools for research, collaboration, and workflow documentation in the aquatic sciences: Jupyter Hub and HydroShare.

Explore Careers in Ecology II

Ecologists helping ecologists! Hear from ecological professionals in several different industries about their work and their career journey, plus advice for how to succeed, then either join the live Q&A session or ask your questions in the system.

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, 1:30-2:30 PM PDT

Resume Review II

Make sure that your resume or CV is dressed to impress! Sign up to have your resume reviewed by a professional in the field in a live one-on-one time. Also seeking volunteers. More details and signup available here.

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, 3:30-4:30 PM PDT

Plant Population Ecology Section Mixer

Social mixer and business meeting for the Plant Population Ecology Section. Awards will be announced during the event, along with other important announcements.

Networking Social ESA Canada Chapter

Our intent is to meet other ecologists in the Canadian Section and to mobilize involvement in the 2022 ESA meeting that will be in Montreal.

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) and Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) Tropical

The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), including the ATBC Neotropical Chapter, and the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) invite you to a virtual social event for tropical biologists and other friends. This is an opportunity to connect with, meet, or otherwise interact virtually with attendees who have interests in tropical biology, tropical conservation, or other aspects of tropical studies.

Invasion Ecology Section Annual Meeting & Mixer

All members of the Invasion Ecology Section are urged to attend this event to discuss official business and socialize with colleagues.

Women in Soil Ecology (WiSE) Mixer

Women in Soil Ecology (WiSE) is aimed at connecting women scientists to build a strong community and further the fight for equity of all those identifying as women in science. We aim to establish connections among senior and junior ecologists through meetups, workshops, and peer-to-peer mentorship. Come meet and network with us!

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, 3:30-5:00 PM PDT

4DEE Networking Mixer

Come to the Four-Dimensional Ecology Education Framework (4DEE) mixer for conversation and networking with other ecologists interested in education and aligning their teaching to 4DEE.

ESA Biogeosciences, Soil Ecology, and Agroecology Joint Mixer

The Biogeosciences, Soil Ecology, and Agroecology Sections are hosting a joint mixer with socializing and awards presentations. The agenda will include 30 minutes for welcome, award presentations, and logistics instructions. Then we will open up breakout rooms that people can move between as they wish. Breakout rooms will be semi-structured with some initial themes to get discussions going, but the interactions will be informal and guided by the attendees. The zoom link and password will be sent out by email. Please contact Steven Allison ( or Dan Stover ( with any questions.

Speed Collaboration

During this event, participants will engage in brief, time-limited conversations with colleagues. This session has the purpose of encouraging scientists to meet large numbers of new potential collaborators in a very short period of time. The objective is to identify one or more people with whom you might have a further discussion regarding collaboration. Participants should be prepared to engage in a longer conversation with at least one person you met, following the conference.

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, 4:30-5:45 PM PDT

Joint Mixer of the Vegetation Section, ESA Vegetation Panel, and North American Section of IAVS and Tribute to Michael G. Barbour and Eddy van der Maarel

Joint social mixer for the Vegetation Section, ESA Vegetation Panel, and North American Section of the International Association for Vegetation Science. In addition, this event will serve as a tribute to Michael G. Barbour, eminent plant ecologist from University of California at Davis and Eddy van der Maarel, eminent plant ecologist from Uppsala University, Sweden.

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, 3:30-6:00 PM PDT

University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology Mixer

All University of Georgia Ecology alumni, faculty, students, friends and prospective students attending the ESA Annual Meeting are invited to the annual UGA Odum School of Ecology Mixer.

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, 3:30-6:30 PM PDT

ESA Human Ecology Section Mixer

“The Human Ecology Section mixer will include a networking mixer for ESA’s human ecologists and the business meeting to highlight our events and finances within the past year. ”

Thursday, August 5th, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT

Statistical Ecology Section Business Meeting

Statistical ecology section business meeting (all statistical ecology section members are invited).

Getting Published – Early Career Mixer

Do you have questions about getting your article published? Are you just curious how it all works? How do you decide where and what to submit? Join us for a publishing mixer with a roundtable of ESA publishing experts and EiCs from the ESA Journals. This interactive mixer will give you an opportunity to get your questions answers and learn more about academic publishing while hanging out with other early-career scientists.

Disease Ecology Section – Trivia Game Mixer

The ESA Disease Ecology Section will be hosting trivia game for section members, all who are interested in disease ecology, and friends thereof. Questions will span parasite trivia, disease movies, as well as non-disease topics. Join us for some fun and socializing!

Data Help Desk: Sharing Data

This session will include five 12 minute talks. Accessing NEON data and samples using the NEON Biorepository data portal How to Create a Comprehensive Metadata Record Data citation — why and how 10 simple rules for creating a data management plan (per Michener, 2015) Community Curation: Data Stewards and Constituent Databases

Thursday, August 5th, 2021, 1:30-2:30 PM PDT

Mock Interview II

Go into your job interviews with confidence! Get live tips from a professional on how to answer common questions and best tell your story to prospective employers. Also seeking volunteers to conduct interviews! More details and signup available here.

Thursday, August 5th, 2021, 3:30-4:30 PM PDT

Student Section Mixer

Join the Student Section for it’s annual mixer! Unwind with other students over virtual trivia, games, and casual conversation. This is the perfect time to network with your peers, make new friends, and catch up with old ones! While this event is hosted by the ESA Student Section, all ESA attendees are welcome to attend.

Ecology of the Cryosphere: Networking Event for Researchers

The landscapes of the cryosphere, including the alpine, Arctic, and Antarctic regions, are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. From Arctic foxes to emperor penguins, the ecology of these unique regions is a burgeoning area of study. The climate and geomorphology of the cryosphere is key to population and species trends as well as the evolution of species that has brought us to where we are today. Therefore, this is a key area in which geosciences and ecology intersect. At this networking events, we invite researchers of all career stages in these related disciplines, as well as attendees that are generally interested in this nexus, to join us for an informal conversation regarding the ecology of the cryosphere. The organizer will begin with an introduction and any interested folks can give a brief description of their research. Later in the event, breakout rooms for the Arctic, Antarctic, and alpine regions will be formed, as well as any other overarching themes that attendees give voice to. The goal of the event is to foster interdisciplinary and international collaborations which can lead to future outputs.

SEEDS 25th Anniversary Celebration

This event is a celebration of 25 years of the ESA-SEEDS program. The Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability program (SEEDS) is the flagship award-winning education program of the Ecological Society of America. Its mission is to diversify and advance the ecology profession through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest of underrepresented students to participate, and to lead in ecology. Since 1996 the program has provided hands on experiences to 2,000+ students, hosted 73 travel experiences, and has established SEEDS Chapters at over 115+ institutions across the US. Join us to celebrate this amazing achievement with our leaders, founders and alumni!

ESA Natural History Section Mixer

The Natural History Section mixer will include a short business meeting to recount our events and finances within the past year. We will also announce the winner of the International Biodiversity Championship (through iNaturalist) which will take place the week of the virtual meeting.

Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN) Virtual Mixer

The Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN) started as an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network in 2010 and continues today to facilitate collaborative, multi-site ecological projects that engage undergraduate students and faculty through research and teaching activities at a wide range of academic institutions. The EREN Virtual Mixer will provide an opportunity for EREN members and anyone else interested in EREN’s mission to connect, socialize and hear updates on EREN’s recent work. A short overview presentation will be followed by breakout groups and casual discussion.

Thursday, August 5th, 2021, 3:30-6:30 PM PDT

Roll a Nature Check: Ecology-Themed Dungeons & Dragons

Nature Check is a project devoted to exploring the ways tabletop role-playing games can be used to bridge the gap between professional ecologists and the general public. We encourage D&D fans and those unfamiliar with the game to attend for an event full of improv, storytelling, audience participation, and science!

Thursday, August 5th, 2021, 5:15-6:15 PM PDT

Ecological Trivia Night

The Early Career Ecologists Section is hosting Ecological Trivia night! With categories like: “Famous Ecologists”, “Ecology Art/Lit”, “ESA History” and “Ecological Concepts,” It’s fun and you might learn something.