2010 Leadership Meeting, Hidden Villa, Los Altos, California
The 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 preperation 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.
2009 Leadership Meeting, Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Station in Socorro, New Mexico
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.
2008 Leadership Meeting, Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
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.
2007 Leadership Meeting, San Jose, California
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.