IGN 7-9 - Integrating ecologists into the pipeline of emerging energy careers

Thursday, August 11, 2016
316, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center
Kenneth M. Klemow, Biology, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
While ecologists often view energy as the currency of ecosystem dynamics, energy also drives industrialized societies.  The development, transport, and utilization of energy often intersect with environmental issues, and demand the attention of ecologists.  The energy industry - broadly construed - represents a potentially fertile source of employment for ecologists.  Ecological knowledge is needed to help companies minimize and repair the impact of energy development projects on ecosystems.  Likewise, ecologists trained in sustainability can help businesses, homeowners, and others minimize their energy-consumption patterns, thus reducing ecological impact.  Ecological knowledge is especially needed to facilitate a successful transition to carbon-free fuels.