Ecology field trips are the cornerstone through which SEEDS introduces diverse students to the range of ecological systems and research in the United States. Students spend three-four days at an ecologically significant site, such as a field station, research laboratory, or national park, learning about the science of ecology, exploring career options, and seeing the practical applications of ecology. Students have the opportunity to find out more about what ecologists do through hands-on experiences with professionals, to receive training in specific areas, and to build networks with students and professionals.
Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research Site, La Joya, NM from April 16-19, 2020
The Sevilleta LTER Project is located in and around the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The Refuge, which is managed by the US Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, and its surroundings, are positioned at the intersection of several major biotic zones: Chihuahuan Desert grassland and shrubland to the south, Great Plains grassland to the north, Piñon-Juniper woodland in the upper elevations of the neighboring mountains, Colorado Plateau shrub-steppe to the west, and riparian vegetation along the middle Rio Grande Valley. This convergence of biomes, however, has created an important research area for geology, hydrology, archeology, atmospheric science, biology, and ecology for many decades.
For more information about this trip : The Henry L. Gholz SEEDS National Field Trip Website
Canyonlands Research Center – monticello, Utah
From April 25-29, 2019, the ESA SEEDS – Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability – program sponsored 10 undergraduate students on a field trip to the Canyonlands Research Center (CRC) in Monticello, Utah run by The Nature Conservancy. The CRC is hosted at the Dugout Ranch, a working cattle ranch within the Bears Ears National Monument and, right at the entrance of Canyonlands National Park – Needles District. From this amazing location, students ventured into the unique landscape of southeastern Utah and the Colorado Plateau, and explored its rapid change in response to climate change on the availability of water and the sustainability of livelihood through ranching in the area. Scientists from a broad array of sectors, positions and career stages engaged in a lively career discussion.
Student Reactions From Last Year’s Trip
- “The rawness of the conference about inclusion and the difficulties that come with being a minority were really special to me. To have diverse mentors and leaders was probably the thing that made this trip so wonderful and rewarding.”
- “The relationships between the other SEEDS students was absolutely amazing. I feel like I can actually be a part of a scientific community now”
- “What I loved most about this trip was the diversity of students within the ecology science. How everyone was so different but we connected so fast because we are in love with science and with our backgrounds. It was an enriching experience since I met a lot of new people and made new friends”
To look at more past trips and detailed trip reports, check out our Past Field Trips page.