Who are we?
The Early Career Committee (ECC) represents and supports early career scientists within the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS), defined as SFS members within 10 years of receiving their terminal degree. An ad hoc committee was formed in 2016 and conducted a survey to assess the perceptions and needs of early career members within SFS. A PDF link to the SFS-ECC report can be found here.
Membership in ECC is open to all early career SFS members, regardless of employment in academia, government, non-profit, or private sectors. This is a newly formed committee and input from people with a variety of backgrounds is desirable for ensuring that the committee best represents and supports SFS early career members.
What do we do?
- This will be the first formal business meeting of SFS-ECC and will take place in Cobo Center Room 260 Portside concurrently with other SFS committee lunch meetings.
- The ECC mixer this year will be hosted at Anchor Bar at 450 W Fort Street in Detroit, MI, a short walk northwest of the Cobo Center.
- SFS-ECC hosts a Q&A-style workshop panel during a lunch at the annual society meeting. The 2017 workshop topic was grant-writing for early career scientists. If you’re interested in attending the next workshop, be sure to sign-up during the registration process to attend the annual society meeting. The 2018 workshop will focus on the topics of teaching and mentoring and will be held in Cobo Center room 313AB.
How to join?
If you are an early career member of SFS and want to become for involved with this committee, or if you want to be kept updated with ECC activities and opportunities, email our current co-chairs, Meryl Mims (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Natalie Griffiths (email@example.com).
If you’re on social media, follow our hashtag! #SFS_EC
Early Career Ad Hoc Committee
- Co-chair - Meryl Mims
- Co-chair - Natalie Griffiths
- Zacchaeus Compson
- Pablo Gutierrez
- Michael Hassett
- Ashley Helton
- Erin Hotchkiss
- Marc Peipoch
- PJ Torres
General career advice:
- The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science, Bloomfield and El-Fakahany
- Landing a Job in Academic Biology, Chandler et al.
Targeted advice (writing papers and proposals):
- How to Do Ecology, Karban and Huntzinger
- Writing Science, Schimel
- How to Write A Scientific Paper, Day and Gastel
For advisors (and useful for students):
Blogs & Listservs
- Eco-Evo Evo-Eco
- Dynamic Ecology
- The Applied Ecologist’s Blog
- The Molecular Ecologist
- The EEB & Flow
- Spencer Hall’s Resources for Graduate Students and Post-Docs
- Lee et al.’s Nature’s Guide for Mentors
- American Fisheries Society’s “How to…” Student Resources
- Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography’s Resources for Early Career Members
- Letters to Nature’s series on public speaking for scientists
- Kathryn Cottingham’s Questions to expect during academic job interviews
- NIH Interview Advice
- Chris Golde’s Advice for negotiating a first academic job
- K. Lotterhos’s Postdoc to Faculty Transition Part I (application to interview) and Part II (from job offer to start date)
- Andrew Hendry’s series on How to Get a Faculty Position
- SFS Classified Ads