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2019 Conference Workshops

Workshop #1 – Career Ecology: What’s your story?

Organizer/Presenter: Phyllis Pouyat Thibodeau
Certified Master Coach
Sustainability Curriculum to Careers Consultant

Did you know there is such a thing as Career Ecology? It is an interactive living, changing dynamic over your lifespan within changing systems of economy, environment and society. The process of “getting a job” does not necessarily follow a linear procedure, nor does it ensure a career or your livelihood over time. However, there are proven principles of “adaptation and resilience” to ensure your own sustainable future!! As ecological scientists with varied disciplines and stages in your careers or life, it is increasingly vital to develop communications skills and work with diverse professionals when considering environmental issues. Jobs are being created across government, commercial, and NGOs from urban to rural and across cultures. The bottom line is you must be able to tell your story well! Although your story must be adapted to varied audiences, situations, in writing or “in the moment” your essential message must be consistent, and translate shared value to others. This mini-workshop will quickly offer you a structured, creative framework to prepare YOUR story, and an opportunity to learn in action during the Mid-Atlantic Conference and beyond.

Workshop #2 – Science Policy 101: Ways an Ecologist Can Engage in the Policy Process
Sarah Anderson, USDA Forest Service, Ecologist-Presidential Management Fellow
Anjali Kumar, Institute of International Education
Richard Pouyat, retired USDA Forest Service, Ecologist

The Science-Policy 101 workshop is a primer for ecologists to engage in policy. In the United States, anyone can engage in public discourse if they would like, but it is not always obvious  where to insert scientific expertise into policy. The goal of this workshop is to introduce the term science policy and to show that ecologists from all backgrounds can engage in policy processes. We will 1) define science-policy, 2) provide an overview of different ways to engage in the policy process with tools and resources, and 3) examine the importance of diverse perspectives
in both ecology and policy. Science policy can be a broad and encompassing term. Thus, the workshop will begin with providing a framework for the various “things” included under the umbrella of science policy as well as various roles scientists can take in relation to policy. The workshop will then provide examples of different ways and places to engage in policy as an ecologist from simple and easy to more involved opportunities. Resources with more information on how to engage in policy will be included, although covered only briefly during the workshop. Finally, the content of the workshop will conclude with the importance of having diverse perspectives which includes active role for ecologists in policy. The workshop will leave time for questions and discussion.