Leadership Meetings

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2017 SEEDS Leadership Meeting – El Yunque National Forest

Published: Soto et al., Ecology, Policy, and Puerto Rico: El Yunque National Forest by students from the 2017 Leadership Meeting

Diversity for Tropical Forests: The connection between forests and communities.

From April 5-9, 2017 SEEDS hosted the 12th SEEDS Leadership Meeting at El Yunque National Forest in Rio Grande, PR! 23 undergraduate students from all over the US participated in this meeting that focused on the connections between forests and communities. We stayed at El Verde Field Station, managed by the University of Puerto Rico. The students participated workshops and activities at Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve and El Yunque National Forest. Participants learned about the importance of good management strategies to incorporate the local community and stakeholders at a national forest. They conducted a visitor survey at El Yunque and had the opportunity to analyze and present their findings. They also learned about invasive species, and participated in a citizen science project at Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve to dig up green iguana eggs – a prominent invasive on the island. All of these activities made this a truly unforgettable experience. SEEDS hosted this amazing event thanks to the support from the USDA Forest Service. For more pictures from this trip – follow ESA-SEEDS on Facebook!

This event was made possible with support from the US Forest Service Research and Development.

Leadership Meeting Information

Held annually, the Leadership Meeting is an opportunity for SEEDS student leaders to engage in a dialogue about the connections between science and society. The meeting provides a venue for SEEDS participants to develop 21st century skills and understanding in communications, policy, community outreach and education, rounding out their experience as young scientists.

The Leadership Meeting was an extension of the SEEDS Undergraduate Research Fellowship program and since 2007 grew to include invited SEEDS chapter leaders and other students recognized for their leadership potential.  ESA Governing Board members have joined us as guest speakers and since 2008, we have been delighted to have the participation and support of ESA Presidents who have graciously set time in their busy schedules to join the students.