Concerns and Challenges in Personal and Professional Development for Early Career Ecologists
In light of these challenges, this special session is a collection of presentations by ESA members who have recently published in ESA journals on topics relevant to early career ecologists. Speakers will present the contents of their articles with updated information relative to the current challenges of early career ecologists. Topics will include work-family balance, dual careers, strategies for gaining employment, strategies for first-year teaching, methods for generating novel research questions, and measures of success for early career ecologists. Presentations will each be approximately 10 minutes in length and a guided discussion will follow. Given the broad sampling of issues presented, discussion will be focused on identifying strategies for early career ecologists to face these challenges and on ways for ESA and the greater scientific community to aid in the personal/professional development of early career ecologists during transitional career stages.