Tips for striving toward work-life balance

Striving for Work-life Balance Being an early career ecologist is tough. Launching an ecology career requires a lot of hard work and sacrifice as you seek to set a research agenda, build collaborations, write grants, and publish, publish, publish. This is all the more challenging if you want to have a life outside of your Read more about Tips for striving toward work-life balance[…]

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Stuff I tell early career scientists

My name is Eric Gustafson and I am a landscape ecologist who specializes in forest landscape simulation modeling, particularly with the LANDIS-II model (  I received my PhD from Purdue University in 1992, and have been a Research Ecologist for the Northern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service since then.  I am tempted to Read more about Stuff I tell early career scientists[…]

And then I went kablooie OR An ecologist’s transition from academia to a federal job

My friends from grad school knew me as the go-getter, the one with boundless energy and capacity to do “all the things!” During my PhD career, I juggled (largely successfully) multiple side research and writing projects, leading a local chapter for the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), organizing BBQ’s and parties, a long-distance partner, and Read more about And then I went kablooie OR An ecologist’s transition from academia to a federal job[…]

Results from the Early Career member survey

Post written by Sarah Supp

In October, we took a brief survey of our members to try to identify what topics are of key concern for the Early Career Ecologist (ECE) Section and to address a few questions that ESA leadership specifically had regarding early career perspectives on ESA membership. I attended the ESA Governing Board meeting November 5-6, 2015 and had several great conversations with ESA scientists and staff on the topics identified in the survey responses, and by members who contributed to our ESA 2016 planning google doc.* I’d like to note that ESA Leadership is very receptive to addressing early career concerns and interested in staying up-to-date with the perspective of its early career members. […]