Past Leadership Meetings

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2013 Leadership Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana

Ecological Recovery and Prevention of Environmental Disasters: Harnessing Science and Building Social Resilience

The 8th Annual SEEDS Leadership Meeting was held February 20-24 in New Orleans, Louisiana. There were 31 passionate SEEDS students and alumni leaders from all over the country who participated in this meeting themed “Ecological Recovery and Prevention of Environmental Disasters: Harnessing Science and Building Social Resilience.” New Orleans was the perfect city for this meeting, as this city has displayed resilience through the many environmental disasters it has endured. Students were able to see and hear about the stories about the experience of the residents during the times of struggle after Hurricane Katrina. Workshops and field trips further helped students to develop a better understanding of environmental disasters. A career panel was also hosted during this meeting, where several panelists including ESA President Scott Collins engaged students in a discussion on career options and pathways.

Funded by the National Science Foundation

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2012 Leadership Meeting, National 4-H Conference Center, Washington, DC

Defining and Conducting Stewardship and Action as Ecologists and Global Citizens

The 2012 SEEDS Leadership Meeting was held March 1-4 at the National 4-H Conference Center in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. This year’s theme was: “Ecological Science and Public Policy: an Intersection of Action Ecology.” A total of 26 SEEDS students and alumni leaders came together, which made this Leadership Meeting another huge success. There were four breakout groups that formed in from this Meeting. “Building coalitions” was led by student Tiffany Carey and mentor Steward Pickett. “Translation of Research Results” was led by student Beatriz Otero Jiménez and mentor Sylvia Fallon. “Steps for Engaging in Policy” was led by student Amanda Labrado and mentor Terence Houston. “Role of Media” was led by student Damian McPherson and mentor Liza Lester. Read more about the meeting through the paper that was written by students from this Leadership Meeting and published in the ESA bulletin.

Funded by the National Science Foundation

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2011 Leadership Meeting, Pack Forest, Washington

Ecological Sustainability in our Nation’s West

The sixth annual SEEDS Leadership Meeting was held March 6-11 at Pack Forest, Washington. The theme for this year’s Leadership Meeting was “Defining and Conducting Stewardship and Action as Ecologists and Global Citizens.” The meeting was a great success with 25 SEEDS student and alumni leaders from all aspects of the SEEDS program. There were three breakout groups formed with a mentor to lead each one. The groups consisted of “Educating the Future Generation,” “Action Ecology,” and “Earth Stewardship.” Our meeting mentors were: Terry Chapin, Scott Perez, Jahi Chappell, and Gregory Ettl. Read more about the meeting through the paper published in the ESA bulletin.

Funded by the National Science Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

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2010 Leadership Meeting, Hidden Villa, Los Altos, California

Revolutionary ecology: multimedia and multidisciplinary approaches to cooling the planet

SEEDS LM 2010The fifth annual SEEDS Leadership Meeting was held Feb. 24-28 at the Hidden Villa Hostle in California. The 2010 SEEDS Leadership Meeting was inspired by and created in preparation for the SEEDS student led symposium for the 2010 ESA Annual Meeting whose title was made the theme for the Leadership Meeting: “Revolutionary ecology: multimedia and multidisciplinary approaches to cooling the planet” SEEDS students made headway during the 5th annual SEEDS Leadership Meeting on the main theme of this symposium – action-oriented ecology. The meeting was a great success with 23 SEEDS student and alumni leaders participating from all aspects of the SEEDS program. One immediate meeting product was a student video production entitled “Hands of Change” watch it here:
Four breakout groups were formed to tackle four action themed topics. Each group was given an ESA Member as a Mentors who helped guide the disucssion and provide great insight.
Our meeting mentors were: Mary Power (Action-Oriented-Ecology group), Kye Epps (Science and Media group), Rodolfo Dirzo (Biocultural Conservation group), Jen Johnson (Science and Political Action group).

Each group contributed to a one of a kind paper which was published in the ESA Bulletin in English, Spanish and Chinese! You can find the trilingual 2010 SEEDS Leadership publications here: English:, Spanish, & Chinese.

Funded by the National Science Foundation

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2009 Leadership Meeting, Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Station in Socorro, New Mexico

SEEDS in Action: Preparing for the Future of Ecology

The fourth annual SEEDS Leadership Meeting was held Feb. 25-28 at the Sevilleta LTER in New Mexico. The theme of this year’s Leadership Meeting was “SEEDS in action – preparing for the future of ecology.” The meeting was a great success with 23 SEEDS student and alumni leaders participating from all aspects of the SEEDS program. Workshops, discussions, breakout groups, and a field trip were led by the students themselves, collaborators of NCEAS, NEON, LTERs, and our own ESA President Sunny Power. Participants shared eloquently about their own culture, how this shapes the way they take part in a culture of science and academia, and indeed how they currently lead or hope to lead in the future. The meeting brought together past and present participants, ranging from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. Learn more about this year’s leadership meeting and look at photos from the meeting.

Funded by the National Science Foundation

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2008 Leadership Meeting, Duke University in Durham, North Carolina

Voices of Hope in a Rapidly Changing World

The third annual SEEDS Leadership Meeting was held Feb. 21-24 at Duke University and hosted by ESA President Norm Christensen. 36 SEEDS students and alumni leaders from all aspects of the SEEDS program participated, including a strong Chapter representation. The many layers of leadership made the meeting a great success; three ESA governing board members interacted with SEEDS participants who led workshops, breakout groups, and the organization of writing pieces. Much of the conversation revolved around education and outreach as a means of tackling the most critical ecological issues facing the planet. ESA President, along with other Duke University faculty and staff engaged the students and encouraged them to pursue careers in ecology. To learn more read the meeting report and look at photos from the meeting.

Funded by the National Science Foundation

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2007 Leadership Meeting, San Jose, California

Responsibility of Education and Outreach

The 2007 Leadership Meeting was held from Feb 23-27 in San Jose, California. 40 ecologists, including SEEDS Fellows, members of the ESA Governing Board, SEEDS Advisory Board, SEEDS staff, local scientists and students from the bay area attended the meeting. The workshops during the meeting centered around the importance of education and outreach. The SEEDS Fellows took the initiative to plan an outreach trip for local high schools and their families during the ESA Annual Meeting. This gathering highlighted the resolve of the SEEDS students to continue pushing the barriers of science and outreach. Read more about the meeting.

Funded by the National Science Foundation

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