This is the inaugural post in a periodic series that details the late-night, midday, and early morning musings “Of a Graduate Student”.
As ecologists, we study biodiversity in ecosystems. Here, we look at diversity of ecologists themselves and make recommendations on how best to recruit and retain underrepresented groups. Entering ecology and other field sciences face additional challenges due to the privileged nature of outdoor careers. We believe outreach programs designed to engage underrepresented groups at a young age as well as initiatives to promote inclusive excellence during graduate school will help increase diversity of ecologists. Contribute to the discussion using #ecologist_diversity on Twitter!
Here are some pointers to consider if you’re a guy who wants to support fair treatment for women scientists.
This post details some of the obstacles I’ve faced as a single mom pursuing a PhD. These two paths don’t often intersect, and while this lifestyle can be challenging, I’ve struck a balance that works for me. I hope to let other young women in academia know that you don’t have to choose career or family, you can have both!
Networks of early career researchers (ECRs) have long existed as unofficial groups, yet only within the last decade have they been widely formalised within universities, societies and other groups of researchers. Often the benefits of participating in these groups are difficult to convey to ECRs and others within the wider community, yet they are wide and numerous.
There is a growing need to create equitable experiences in academia- for everyone.
Rejection in ecology is something we all go through, so how do we not feel like a failure?