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!
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 →
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 →