Exploring Ecological Careers


These are a set of articles published in ESA’s Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Journal.

We’re still looking for articles about ecological/environmental entrepreneurship, education, ecotourism, and science communication, and are open to hearing about other nontraditional ecological career paths outside of academia. All articles in the series are free to read. See the list below for what’s been published so far. Contact Sue Silver, suesilver@esa.org for more details or with pre-submission inquiries.


1. Mixing ecological science into landscape architecture

Margaret Grose, Mark Frisby. First Published 03 June 2019 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2052

2. A career in environmental informatics and environmental data science

Sushant K Singh. First Published 29 April 2019 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2038

3. All of life’s experiences count at a biological field station

Hilary M Swain. First Published 01 April 2019 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2023

4. NEON scientist: a new career choice in ecology

Michael D SanClements. First Published 01 March 2019 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2008

5. Ecology careers in ecotourism

Ralf Buckley. First Published 28 January 2019 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1999

6. Ecological careers at Federally Funded Research and Development Centers

Virginia H Dale. First Published: 03 December 2018 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1978

7. Careers in Cooperate Extension

Elsie S Gornish, Peter Coffey, Kris Tiles, Leslie M Roche. First Published: 01 November 2018. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1971

8. Science and nature filmmaking: making a career of visual storytelling

Tierney Thys John Aitchison. First published: 01 October 2018 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1958  

9. Ecological consultants: serving on the front lines of species and ecosystem conservation

Tim Nuttle, Kenneth Klemow. First Published: 30 August 2018 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1941

10. Make a difference: ecology careers in federal agencies

Mari‐Vaughn V Johnson, Jeramie Strickland, Jeffrey E Herrick. First Published: 01 August 2018 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1926

11. Opportunities in science editing

Pete Mooreside. First Published: 01 June 2018 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1814

12. Ecological consulting as a career option

Bruce Byers. First Published: 01 May 2018 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1800

13. It’s dirty, but it’s not dirt: scientists in state policy

Karen Morrison, Ilonka Zlatar. First Published: 02 April 2018 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1787

14. Careers in science diplomacy and international policy

Teresa M Stoepler, Gillian Bowser. First Published: 01 March 2018 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1773 

15. An ecologist’s guide to careers in science policy advising

Laura E Petes, Marc D Meyer. First Published: 01 February 2018 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1761

16. Breaking into science writing

Robin Smith, Julie Reynolds. First Published: 01 November 2017 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1727

17. Expect the unexpected: private‐sector careers

Emily Kunen, Kayla Kemp‐Smith. First Published: 02 October 2017  https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1535 

18. Museum careers – so much more than curating collections!

Margaret Lowman , W John Kress. First Published: 01 September 2017 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1524

19. Exploring Ecological Careers – a new Frontiers series

Kenneth Klemow, Gillian Bowser ,Carmen Cid ,George Middendorf , Teresa Mourad , Jeffrey Herrick.
First Published: 01 August 2017 https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1508