Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability:

Diverse People for a Diverse Science


What’s New?

August 28, 2015 Registration for the SPUR Information Webinar is now open. The webinar will be held on Monday September 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm ET.  We welcome PIs and field stations able to provide support for undergraduate summer research to partner with SEEDS. Sign up for the webinar by September 23, 2015.

August 15, 2015 ESA SEEDS was awarded a grant of $25,000 from the USDA Forest Service to support the 2016 Leadership Meeting!

August 9-14, 2015  SEEDS is pleased to team up with the Dor
is Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) to bring the largest group of undergraduate students to the ESA Annual Meeting! 53 undergrads and 10 SEEDS graduate student alumni took part in the special ESA Centennial Meeting in Baltimore. Check out our Photo Album on FaceBook! And don’t forget to like our page!!

June 1, 2015  ESA SEEDS was awarded a $597,643 grant from the National Science Foundation to support SEEDS field trips, 15 travel awards to the ESA annual meetings and a new longer term mentoring program. Read the press release.


The core SEEDS program components offer hands-on, engaging experiences with ecology that exhibit the relevance and applications of the science. Each experience also provides opportunities to interact with a diverse group of ecologists and other motivated students to both broaden and deepen students’ understanding of ecology and potential careers.SEEDS is the flagship award-winning education program of the Ecological Society of America. Its mission is to diversify and advance the ecology profession through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest of underrepresented students to participate, and to lead in ecology. Focused mainly at the undergraduate level, with extension services for communities, high schools, graduate students, and international collaborations, the SEEDS program promotes an ecology profession with wide representation to ensure environmental understanding and a sustainable future for all.

Did You Know:

SEEDS is the proud recipient of the 2006  Presidential Award  Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) – established by the White House in 1995.

SEEDS was recognized with the 2008 American Institute for Biological Science (AIBS) Diversity Leadership Award.


Take a few minutes to explore and learn about our programs components:

Support SEEDS

SEEDS depends on external support for all its programs. Your contribution is critical to the core mission of SEEDS to nurture a strong interest in ecological careers among the diverse students we serve. Please consider a generous donation to the SEEDS program so we can continue to serve underrepresented students in ecology. All contributions go towards SEEDS program activities and are deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Thank you for your generosity.

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