A year in the lives of early career ecologists

Sorry we’ve been MIA for a while, but it turns out we actually have been in action – and plenty of it. An update on what’s been happening with ECE is overdue, but we thought it was also a good opportunity to ask: “What ARE early career ecologists doing when they aren’t blogging about their research?”. Since we are scientists, a graph was in order (Fig. 1), so you can examine the data yourself.

We’ve been staying busy the last year –defenses, new jobs, grants, conferences, and papers (lots and lots of papers). From Mike San Clements new book (awesome!) “Plastic Purge” to press coverage of Kristin Marshall’s Yellowstone paper in Nature and the New York Times, to Kelly Ramirez’ new blog, we are getting word about our research out in the world. Some of our accomplishments also include putting the “life” in work-life balance, with moves, marriages, babies, and dogs (Fig. 2). Hope you enjoy the snapshots, and look for us to continue blogging on the edge of ecology in the coming months!

Figure 1. A year in the lives of early career ecologists – in numbers. And of course, we are still waiting for a few ECEs to report back in from the field, but we’ll update as soon as they get back to their email.

Figure 1. A year in the lives of early career ecologists – in numbers. And of course, we are still waiting for a few ECEs to report back in from the field, but we’ll update as soon as they get back to their email.

 

Figure 2. Our extra-early career ecologists have been keeping many of us busy! *Note, not all data is represented

Figure 2. Our extra-early career ecologists have been keeping many of us busy! *Note, not all data is represented

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