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.

Introduction to Exploring Ecological Careers Series 

August 2017   Exploring Ecological Careers – a new Frontiers series
Kenneth Klemow, Gillian Bowser ,Carmen Cid ,George Middendorf , Teresa Mourad , Jeffrey Herrick. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1508 



September 2019         Ecology on‐exhibit: careers in zoos and aquariums
Randi D Rotjan Katherine A Leighty https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2093

August 2019   More than planting trees: career opportunities in ecological restoration
Nicolas Mansuy Katalijn MacAfee https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2083  

June 2019       Mixing ecological science into landscape architecture
Margaret Grose, Mark Frisby. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2052

May 2019       A career in environmental informatics and environmental data science
Sushant K Singh. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2038

April 2019      All of life’s experiences count at a biological field station
Hilary M Swain. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2023

March 2019    NEON scientist: a new career choice in ecology
Michael D SanClements https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2008

February 2019           Ecology careers in ecotourism
Ralf Buckley. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1999

December 2018          Ecological careers at Federally Funded Research and Development Centers
Virginia H Dale. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1978

November 2019         Careers in Cooperative Extension
Elsie S Gornish, Peter Coffey, Kris Tiles, Leslie M Roche. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1971

October 2018             Science and nature filmmaking: making a career of visual storytelling
Tierney Thys John Aitchison.  https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1958  

September 2018         Ecological consultants: serving on the front lines of species and ecosystem conservation
Tim Nuttle, Kenneth Klemow.  https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1941

August 2018   Make a difference: ecology careers in federal agencies
Mari‐Vaughn V Johnson, Jeramie Strickland, Jeffrey E Herrick. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1926

June 2019       Opportunities in science editing
Pete Mooreside.  https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1814

May 2018       Ecological consulting as a career option
Bruce Byers.  https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1800

April 2018      It’s dirty, but it’s not dirt: scientists in state policy
Karen Morrison, Ilonka Zlatar. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1787

March 2018    Careers in science diplomacy and international policy
Teresa M Stoepler, Gillian Bowser. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1773 

February 2018           An ecologist’s guide to careers in science policy advising
Laura E Petes, Marc D Meyer.  https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1761

November 2017         Breaking into science writing
Robin Smith, Julie Reynolds. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1727

October 2017      Expect the unexpected: private‐sector careers
Emily Kunen, Kayla Kemp‐Smith.  https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1535 

September 2017         Museum careers – so much more than curating collections!
Margaret Lowman, W John Kress. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1524