The Marriage of Ecological Minds: Cross-Blog Collaboration

Collaboration is a key component of productive research, multiple-use land management, sustainable conservation, and effective scientific policy. So, why not apply it to the production and distribution of accessible science? When setting the stage for our blog, we set the objective of being as collaborative as possible.

Well, we’re making it happen . . .

The Early Career Ecologist blog is teaming up with NREL’s EcoPress in a cross-blog collaboration! We are thrilled to dedicate a portion of our site to an EcoPress RSS Feed. Check out our sidebar (or head on over to their site) for their latest science musings! Once there, you’ll also have the pleasure of re-connecting with us. It’s on!


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Early Career Ecologist Profile: Meet Kristin Marshall

Hello, dear readers.  I’m the other Kristin, and here’s my story.

I’ve been a bit of a hop, skip, and jumper when it comes to my research interests and places I call home.  Continue reading

How to Think Like a Scientist: New Directions in Science Education

Heading out for science days with Hopi and Navajo students in Northern Arizona! Photo courtesy of Helen Bothwell, 2012.

As ecologists, we are in the thick of climate change awareness, and it can be tough not to get pulled in by that magnet of doom and gloom.  Yet, as Mike SanClements pointed out in his recent post, it’s important to find those things that empower us and keep us motivated to work towards change.  Science educators are in a unique position to potentially interact with hundreds of students every year.  While only a small percentage of these students may end up pursuing a career as a scientist or researcher, all of them will have the opportunity to vote on ballot measures and for politicians that will dictate major future environmental impacts.  Continue reading

Early Career Ecologist Profile: Meet Kristen Pelz

Hi, everyone – I’ve written a couple posts, but I need to introduce myself.

Like many of you, my academic/professional interest in ecology is intertwined with my upbringing and appreciation for the natural world. Continue reading

When sea lions go bad: “native invaders” divide loyalties

California sea lion at Bonneville fish ladder. Photo credit :National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

By: Lauren Kuehne, Olden Research Lab, University of Washington

As an early career ecologist, I could easily spend all my time (and even time I don’t have) writing my own “stuff”: grant proposals, manuscripts, blog posts. But taking the time to review and write about the work of other researchers in my field (especially a paper I don’t necessarily agree with or would not have read otherwise), is rewarding in a very different way, forcing me to really get inside a different perspective. So when I was recently asked to blog about a new paper from a colleague on a somewhat controversial topic of “Native Invaders”, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading

Moving scientific research into the policy realm, perspectives from Rio+20

By Kelly Ramirez, PhD

This past week I participated on an Avo’s panel series set up by SoGES at CSU, entitled ‘After Rio+20 – Moving Forward.’ I was asked to participate because I was lucky enough to attend the Rio+20 conference this past June.  Continue reading