ESA Southwestern Chapter Communicating Science Workshop

ESA Member Opportunity

Attend the ESA Southwestern Chapter
Communicating Science Workshop

**Travel Awards of up to $200.00 will be given to each attendee as a supplement for travel costs.**

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 June 7, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

 Northern Arizona University, 1100 S Beaver Street

Attend and hone your science communication skills. Learn how to effectively communicate your science to Members of Congress and the public.

ESA Communicating Science Workshop


The ESA Communicating Science workshop is designed to address the needs of ecologists to communicate scientific information in a variety of public and professional interactions. This workshop will build participants confidence and skill set for public engagement with media, Congress, and other audiences. It also provides a professional development opportunity to develop broader impact skills.

Participants receive these benefits:

  • Up to a $200.00 travel award ($200.00 overnight award for those traveling more than 90 miles or a $100.00 commuter award for those who live between 45-90 miles from Flagstaff)
  • Certificate of completion

Read the blog from an ESA member who attended a previous communication training workshop, “Member’s Perspective: Standing Up for Science Funding on Capitol Hill.”


This workshop provides the basics of science communication and public engagement by using multiple workshop segments with training presentations followed by small group work and practice.

Participants will learn:

  • Communication Basics
  • How to interact with Congress

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe their science to a non-technical audience
  • Identify a few highlights of their science to share
  • Tailor their message for various audiences
  • Use plain language to communicate science


The ESA Communicating Science workshop funding is provided by Wiley Publications and distributed by the ESA Governing Board. We are pleased to offer this workshop at no cost to participants and additionally provide travel awards for members.


Space is limited, and participants must be able to attend the entire training. Participants must be an ESA member. Preference will be given to those who, in addition to being as ESA member, are also members of the ESA Southwestern Chapter. Other ESA members may attend if space is available on a first come, first served basis. Upon completion of the workshop, participants are asked to visit their Member of Congress in their state or district.


Contact Alison Mize, director of public affairs, for more information.

ESA Southwestern Chapter Travel Award 2019

Southwestern Chapter Student Travel Award (2019)

The Southwest Chapter of ESA is sponsoring travel grants to help support student travel to the 2019 ESA meeting. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

a. The student or the faculty mentor must be a current member of the Southwest Chapter;
b. the student must be giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster at the meeting (i.e., must have an accepted abstract).

Complete and email the following application form to Dr. Akasha M. Faist with the Email Subject “Southwestern Chapter Travel Application.”

Applications are due May 30, 2019

Beyond traditional ecological restoration on the Colorado Plateau

Winkler et al. 2018 published a commentary in Restoration Ecology on the challenges and opportunities restoration practitioners, land managers, and researchers face on the Colorado Plateau. They provide a multi-stakeholder perspective on what the future of restoration ecology may look like and how this public land-dominated region of the country may be able to meet its management goals for decades to come. You can read the full article at Restoration Ecology by clicking here.

Post-Doc: Mapping High Carbon Stock Forests @NCEAS, Santa Barbara

The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) seeks a postdoctoral fellow to collaborate on a new, two-year project titled “Landscape-scale forest assessments to support zero-deforestation supply chains.” This project is designed to empower the participation of small producers in zero-deforestation supply chains and support companies and governments to make conservation decisions based on landscape-scale connectivity. The project focuses on the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA), a multi-stakeholder initiative that has emerged as a leading tool for corporate and public implementation of zero-deforestation commitments. The work focuses on oil palm in Indonesia. Our team of working group participants from academia, farmer cooperatives, industry, and non-profits, will seek new scientific innovations that enable 1) greater participation of smallholder producers in zero-deforestation supply chains; 2) higher confidence in the benefits of corporate zero-deforestation commitments and 3) improved conservation planning through the integration of landscape-scale connectivity assessment.

The selected postdoctoral fellow will work closely with co-PIs Robert Heilmayr (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Kimberly Carlson (University of Hawaii, Manoa). In addition, the postdoc will contribute to a team that values richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning, and includes leading remote sensing scientists, conservation biologists, and practitioners from academia, non-profits and the private sector. The position will be based at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS).

Primary responsibilities may include but are not limited to: 1) help design and participate in SNAPP working group meetings, 2) work with smallholders to identify and develop tools and technical guidelines that are well-suited to enhancing their participation in zero-deforestation supply chains; 3) integration of existing, corporate conservation assessments into a flexible database of forest types; 4) creation of machine learning models to distinguish forest types from remotely sensed data; 5) connectivity modeling to inform effective landscape-scale conservation plans; and 6) communication of scientific advances through academic publications.

The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) to create a fundamentally different way to identify and tackle large-scale challenges that threaten the integrity of nature and human wellbeing.

NCEAS ( is a unique research center located in scenic downtown Santa Barbara and part of the University of California, Santa Barbara. The Center is known for fostering collaboration and data driven analysis. NCEAS has a growing and thriving community of postdocs, resident scientists, and analysts, and frequent influx of leading scientists and practitioners from around the world participating in working group projects across a diverse range of initiatives. Postdocs contribute their varied experiences, knowledge, interests, and enthusiasm, fostering the diverse intellectual atmosphere of the Center.

22 months, with potential for reappointment.

Annual salary based on qualifications and prior years of postdoc experience. Full benefits package included.

Start date February 2019.

Please apply through UC Recruit:
Primary consideration given to completed applications submitted by January 17, 2019. Otherwise, open until filled.

Looking for plant ecology technicians in Nevada


The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is recruiting six Plant Ecology Technicians to join our AmeriCorps program to assist US Geological Survey researchers with all aspects of post-fire restoration and restoration plant materials development research projects in the Mojave Desert. These projects are designed to evaluate traditional and novel restoration practices based on ecological processes that influence natural recovery and evaluate locally-adapted plant materials used in arid land restoration through multiple common gardens across the Mojave Desert.



This is an AmeriCorps position, and candidates will receive a living stipend of $18,700 for the season. This is not an hourly wage or a salary and is paid to members every other week throughout the service term. Upon completion of AmeriCorps service, members shall receive an additional education award in the amount of $5,920 that can be used for paying off qualified student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college.

U.S. Geological Survey – Henderson, NV

1 year (1700 hour) term starting in early February 2019

How to Apply:
Please follow this link to apply directly through our online portal:

Program Specialist at Jornada Experimental Range, NMSU

The Jornada Experimental Range in the College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University is seeking a Program Specialist. This position requires a bachelor’s degree in related field and one year of professional experience. Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, or other quantitative field preferred. Position will provide support of research activities for the Land Potential Knowledge Systems projects at the Jornada Experimental Range. Successful candidate will serve as the leading contact at NMSU/Jornada Experimental Range for the LandPKS project; plans and coordinate the development and implementation for the Land-Potential Knowledge System projects. Experience in environmental sciences and in mobile application and website design are also preferred. Position is contingent upon external funding.

Application must be submitted online by: 1/3/2019. For complete job description, qualifications and application process visit: Posting # 1801307S

NMSU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Summer 2018 Newsletter

Please read on for information on how to vote for Southwestern Chapter officers and how to participate with the chapter at ESA New Orleans.

Officer Elections
Members are invited to vote for Southwestern Chapter governance via electronic ballot. Please respond by August 5th, 2018 . Election results will be made official at the Southwestern Chapter Breakfast Social and Business meeting. (Monday, August 6, 7 AM – 8 AM, Tchoupitoulas meeting room-Marriott)

Chapter Booth
Please come and network at our chapter sponsored booth in New Orleans! We also need volunteers to help out with the booth during busy hours and sell our amazing SWAG for all to enjoy.

Volunteering at the booth is a great way to meet and network with people interested in Southwest and ecology related research.

Please fill out the form with your availability

ESA Chapter Booth Volunteer form
ESA Annual Meeting in New Orleans
Don’t forget to come to our INSPIRE session and Chapter Business meeting.
Stay connected on social media with the southwestern chapter!
ESA Twitter

New Orleans Chapter Business Meeting

The Southwestern Chapter business meeting will be Monday at 7am in the Tchoupitoulas meeting room at the Marriott. The officers and student travel award recipients as well as anyone else would like to attend are invited.

ESA 2018 INSPIRE session
Thursday 3:30-5:00pm
Akasha Faist has organized a great session that will highlight scientific work aiming to fill research gaps in the US Southwest and Mexico.The goal of this session is to identify existing research gaps and the opportunities they provide as well as any potential challenges we may have to overcome moving forward. After the presentations, we encourage the audience to join us in a group discussion geared toward propelling ecological research forward in the US Southwest, Mexico, and beyond.

See more session info here

Speakers include:
G. darrel Jenerette, University of California
Elisabeth Huber-Sannwald, Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Científica y Tecnológica (IPICYT)
Dylan Schwilk, Texas Tech University
William K. Smith, University of Arizona (et al)
Joseph R. Mihaljevic, Northern Arizona University
Kristina Young, University of Texas at El Paso; etal
Nicholas Webb, USDA ARS Jornada Experimental Range

Southwest Chapter Student Travel Awards

Southwest Chapter Student Travel Awards

The Southwest Chapter of ESA is sponsoring travel grants to help support student travel to the 2018 ESA meeting. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Requirements: 1) The student or the faculty mentor must be a current member of the Southwest Chapter; 2) the student must be giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster at the meeting (i.e., must have an accepted abstract).

Complete and email the following application form to Dr. Daniel L. Potts ( with the Email Subject “Southwest Chapter Travel Application.”


Applications are due June 18, 2018

Two graduate assistantships in restoration ecology at NMSU

Two funded restoration ecology graduate assistantships are available in the Faist Lab starting fall of 2018 at New Mexico State University.

These positions are exciting opportunities be a part of a multi-disciplinary, collaborative, interagency group that is seeking innovative solutions to long-standing and pressing restoration questions. The two areas of focus for the advertised positions are: seed based restoration efforts to improve dryland restoration success and fire ecology efforts examining how vascular plants and biological soil crusts interact to determine ecosystem resilience and recovery. Projects will involve fieldwork and complimentary greenhouse efforts.

Successful candidates will have a strong academic record in ecology, range sciences, biology, environmental science, or a similar natural resource related field. Preference will be given to applicants who have previous field research experience and an enthusiasm for working outside in southwestern US climates. Positions will be funded through research assistantships, teaching assistantships, or a combination of both.

Please find further lab information at:

Contact Akasha Faist at to apply or inquire further about the available positions. When applying, please include a letter of interest that states 1) general research and career goals, 2) if you are interested in obtaining a Master’s or Ph.D., and 3) if you have a preference to work on dryland seed and habitat restoration efforts or fire ecology efforts and why. In addition to a letter of interest, please also include a current curriculum vitae and unofficial transcripts. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, however, for full consideration please send materials by December 8th, 2017.

More information about NMSU’s Department of Animal and Range Sciences can be found at and the graduate school at

Postdoc position: Dryland Hydrology, Erosion, and Restoration

Dryland Hydrology, Erosion, and Restoration Post Doc

Job Description:

The post-doctoral research associate is responsible for overseeing erosion field measurements (wind tunnel, rain fall simulator, silt fences, passive dust traps, and others) at biological soil crust restoration experiments (Jornada Experimental Range and Hill Air Force Range) and grazing experiments (Grand Junction, CO). The position will be located in the USGS offices in Moab, UT. Moab is a small town offering a variety of outdoor adventures, and more information about Moab can be found at

This position requires expertise in field methods, lab methods, and modelling approaches to understanding erosion processes in dryland ecosystems. The incumbent will work closely with project scientists and USGS staff in project planning, data collection and analysis, and reporting results. The incumbent will have four general classes of major duties: 1) lead field and lab data collection, 2) implement existing soil erosion models, 3) data preparation and analysis, and 4) preparation of reports & scientific papers. Field work involves heavy exertion; withstanding both extreme heat and potential hypothermia conditions; climbing; walking over rough, rocky, or uneven terrain; lifting and carrying equipment and supplies; long hours; driving a 4WD vehicle on unimproved roads.

This is a 40-hour a week appointment with flexibility to allow for extensive field work periods.

Salary and start date: Salary is $49,000/year. A start date of fall/early winter 2017 is preferred.

Application: If you are interested, please send a CV to Nichole Barger ( and Mike Duniway ( Mike will be the ESA meeting in Portland to meet with job candidates.