Past Webevents

Oct 29, 2020 Extend Your Network and Find the Opportunities

How do you extend your network? Where are the opportunities in your field and how can you find them? Professional societies are key. But what do they do? Join the EcologyPlus Networking Webevent to hear diverse leaders in four professional societies in the environmental biology field share information about benefits of joining them and learn about their diversity mentoring initiatives.


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Botanical Society of America

Preparing Leaders and Nurturing Tomorrow’s Scientists (PLANTS)

  • Dr. Ann Sakai, University of California Irvine
  • Imeña Valdes, MS student at Northwestern University

Society of Freshwater Science

Instars Program

  • Dr. Checo Colon-Gaud, Georgian Southern University

Society of Wetland Scientists

Society of Wetland Scientists’ Multicultural Mentoring Program (SWaMMP)

  • Dr. Vanessa Lougheed, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Dr. Elliot White, University of Virginia


Ecological Society of America

Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS)

  • Teresa Mourad, Ecological Society of America


October 6, 2020 Planning for your Career in Uncertainty – and Sticking to it

Are you wondering what your next steps may be for your career trajectory in the environmental field? Do you have a five-year plan gone awry due to the coronavirus pandemic? Join us for a webchat to engage with environmental professionals at different stages of their career with tips on how to create your individual career plan, or update one, and how to effectively execute it during uncertain times.


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  • Tanaira Cullens, Environmental Scientist, Biohabitats
  • Edem Yevoo, graduate student, Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley
  • Quin Holifield, Soil Scientist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Baltimore Field Station


July 23, 2020  Hiring Under COVID-19

How has COVID-19 impacted the job search and hiring process? What, if anything, has changed in terms of qualifications, work demands, skillsets? How do we all adjust to this new environment?

Join a panel of representatives from different corners of the ecological community to provide their insights on what it has been like to look for employees during the pandemic. Don’t miss this web networking chat – we’d like to hear from all currently on the hunt for a job or for a new opportunity.


  • Liliana Del Mar, Senior Human Resources Manager, Oceana
  • Marielena Octavio, Mediator and Program Associate, Meridian Institute, and Environment and Public Policy (EPP) Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
  • Laura Oremland, Education Program Manager, NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology.


Jun 18, 2020  High Impact Careers With Your Degree: A Discussion with Christopher Agard and Gerald Bright

Join us for a discussion of the career paths of these two successful members of the science community who originally studied the same discipline of Biology during their undergraduate degree, yet ended up in very different, highly impactful positions in their professional lives. Christopher Agard and Gerald Bright provide insight into their own experience of navigating career options within the field of science and how to find opportunities available that may not be immediately apparent.

Host: George Middendorf, Professor of Biology, Howard University and Co-PI, EcologyPlus


  • Christopher Agard is currently employed at the Educational Testing Service as a Senior Product Manager. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Temple University.
  • Gerald W. Bright Jr. manages the Green Stormwater Operations Unit within the Philadelphia Water Department’s Operations Division. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Eastern University.