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  • Saving the African Jungles: The Established Researcher

    • Jan 6, 2020

    I developed a passionate interest in herps even before I entered elementary school. Later, my mother introduced me to Doris Cochran, the Curator of Herpetology at the Smithsonian in Washington. Doris

  • Mixing ecological science into landscape architecture

    • Nov 15, 2019

    Sixteen years ago, I was working in an environmental company run by a botanist and an architect. The major focus was designing constructed wetlands, and the company staff included a mix of

  • A career in environmental informatics and environmental data science

    • Nov 8, 2019

    While pursuing my PhD, I surveyed a community in India whose drinking water had been contaminated by arsenic. My goal was to incorporate socioeconomic, demographic, and other sociopsychological

  • All of life's experiences count at a biological field station

    • Nov 5, 2019

    Balancing limpet‐encrusted rocks on a rusty cart, I maneu‐vered my cargo up a steep ramp and into the seawater tanks at the Marine Biological Station in Millport, Scotland. It was the mid‐1970s and I

  • NEON scientist: a new career choice in ecology

    • Nov 5, 2019

    NEON also employs dozens of permanent scientists across the regional facilities distributed throughout the observatory and at its headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. Scientists working out of the

  • Ecology careers in ecotourism

    • Oct 18, 2019

    In the tiger reserves of central India, fleets of four‐wheel‐drive vehicles carrying tourists hurtle over the dirt roads, causing substantial disturbance to wildlife. At the same time, however, the

  • Careers in Cooperative Extension

    • Oct 14, 2019

    I remember the first time I published outcomes from a management experiment in a peer‐reviewed journal. I was proud of my work and excited that managers would be able to integrate my suggestions into

  • Science and nature filmmaking: making a career of visual storytelling

    • Sep 26, 2019

    After snatching a juvenile ocean sunfish from the waters of Monterey Bay, a hulky 200‐kg California sea lion swims straight up to our Zodiac, proudly shows off its catch, and pushes its whiskered

  • Ecological consultants: serving on the front lines of species and ecosystem conservation

    • Sep 26, 2019

    I was investigating a large forested urban park in Pittsburgh with a soil scientist and stream geomorphologist to select monitoring locations for a project aimed at controlling erosion and stormwater

  • Make a difference: ecology careers in federal agencies

    • Sep 26, 2019

    My family couldn't afford summer camp and the local beaches were polluted, so I spent summers in Alabama with my dad, exploring the woods and streams a world away from the rest of my childhood in

  • Opportunities in science editing

    • Sep 26, 2019

    In George RR Martin's unfinished set of novels collectively entitled A Song of Ice and Fire, the source material for the popular HBO series Game of Thrones (GoT), members of the Night's Watch have

  • Ecological consulting as a career option

    • Sep 25, 2019

    It was a warm afternoon in the Liwonde Forest Reserve in southern Malawi, and I was with a team of botanists and foresters, field‐testing a methodology for rapid botanical surveys. We would be using

  • It's dirty, but it's not dirt: scientists in state policy

    • Sep 25, 2019

    From my first day on the job at the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), I knew that I was definitely in a non‐traditional career for an ecologist. I piled into a

  • Careers in science diplomacy and international policy

    • Sep 25, 2019

    A small group huddled together in the back of a Paris café. I sat with representatives from Norway, Mexico, the US, and several members of the Women's Major Group to the United Nations (UN) Framework

  • An ecologist's guide to careers in science policy advising

    • Sep 25, 2019

    From 2007 to 2009, I (LEP) was conducting my postdoctoral research in Florida's Apalachicola Bay, a Gulf Coast estuary that was being subjected to severe drought and upstream water withdrawals. My

  • Museum careers – so much more than curating collections!

    • Sep 25, 2019

    Working in the field of biological science is a critical way to make a difference in the stewardship of our planet. When we were both in graduate school during the 1970s, we and our fellow graduate

  • Ecological careers in nature‐based non‐governmental organizations

    • Sep 25, 2019

    A parcel of land in northeast Ohio recently came into the crosshairs of a natural gas pipeline company. Land owners on either end of the proposed route had already signed contracts. The first

  • Breaking into science writing

    • Jul 19, 2019

    Virginia Gewin had finished a master's in soil microbiology and was 3 years into a PhD on an Earth science fellowship from NASA when her project caved in. The climate‐controlled chambers she relied on

  • Expect the unexpected: private‐sector careers

    • Jul 19, 2019

    In 2009, I was listening to an alumni career talk during grad school, hearing from sustainability specialists who went into professions ranging from environmental consulting, to government

  • Museum careers – so much more than curating collections!

    • Jul 19, 2019

    Working in the field of biological science is a critical way to make a difference in the stewardship of our planet. When we were both in graduate school during the 1970s, we and our fellow graduate