Meditations and discoveries on cleaning one’s desk
If you’re a grad student who has wondered if your ecology Ph.D. will be useful outside of academia, check out these lessons learned after a summer in Washington, D.C.! Ecologists interested in the types of science policy opportunities for our field will want to check out these lessons as well.
Challenging the extractive paradigm in field work: suggestions from a case study in community engagement
The paradigm in fieldwork of travelling to remote locations, extracting data, and leaving to publish findings without engaging with local communities – particularly Indigenous ones – must be challenged. As students on a long term research project, we distributed a survey to better understand what local people wanted from us. Community engagement needs to be more than purely research-focused initiatives, and engagement with Indigenous peoples can require specific and separate efforts.
“How I Work” is a interview series that demonstrates there are many ways to be successful in academia and students, post-docs, and professors need to find the approach that is best for them. This is the second installment in the series.
This is the inaugural post in a periodic series that details the late-night, midday, and early morning musings “Of a Graduate Student”.
What our team does when we aren’t doing fieldwork – happy in facilitating access to the land in a community camp-out.
The potential for scientific discovery is a frequent justification for biodiversity conservation. Yet we rarely acknowledge the species, conservation initiatives, and human communities that make our discoveries possible. I argue that biologists should make these links explicit in papers and other communications, and donate money or time to compensate species and human communities for their roles in discovery.