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Welcome to the Field Ecology Discussion Forum Post questions about field ecology and start a discussion with the student community. Click “New Topic” to post a question. Have you sampled in a similar location? What equipment do you use? What is the process for permitting or sampling desing? When you post via a Google account you will get automated emails when someone…

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What is EcoFutures?

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Communication Challenges and Opps

Communication Subgroup Discussion Challenges 1. Communicating controversial topics to non-scientists Solution aversion – it’s not that they don’t trust scientists, when it comes to climate change and it affects the individual (carbon footprint) then we should “re-evaluate the science”  Reword: People are more willing to challenge the science with politically charged issues (climate change, GMO) than when it comes to…

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How we communicate our science and the broader relevance of it to students, friends and family, policy makers, and the media plays an important role in nearly all ecology related careers. This page is designed to help you find resources to improve your communication skills through workshops, outlets, online tools, and ideas/examples of effective communication.  Quick Links Communication Training Media…

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Career Culture and Diversity

This section is intended to highlight resources in pursuing a career in Ecology (primarily at the academic level). The resources here highlight the various areas of skill development in teaching and mentoring, as well as resources for building diversity in Ecology. Quick Links Teaching & Mentoring Career Support & Diversity Issues TEACHING & MENTORING Teaching and Mentoring- Personal practice for…

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Careers in Ecology

Ecology provides the foundation for a broad array of career pathways in academic, government, non-profit, and private sectors.  However, graduate training in ecology is, by definition, an academic endeavor.  This can lead to an inherent limitation in which graduate students are not provided the skills or resources needed to find their professional niche. Here we outline several resources to help…

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Career Culture and Diversity Challenges and Opps

Career Culture and Diversity Subgroup Discussion Challenges Bias at both personal and institutional levels (Pre grad to post grad) Implicit biases based on race, gender, sexuality, and socio-economic status keep people from becoming ecologists and excelling at it A lack of emphasis on undergraduate teaching, particularly presenting material in accessible ways and fostering comfortable learning environments for underrepresented minorities  Gaps…

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Careers Challenges and Opps

Careers in Ecology Subgroup Discussion Our discussions resulted in the realization of four primary categories under which ecological careers will provide challenges and opportunities: quality of life (work-life balance), lack of positions (funding and support from society), lack of training for diverse careers (identifying transferable skills, networking), technology (and the associated skills needed to deal with big data). We present…

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21st Cent Ecologist Challenges and Opps

21st Century Ecologist Subgroup Discussion This subgroup evolved organically from discussions of all the challenges and opportunities submitted to this project as opposed to arising from a certain topic of challenges and opportunities, as was the case for all the other subgroups. As such it deviates from the normal format of listing the challenges and opportunities discussed to presenting what…

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