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Early Career Committee

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?

2018 Annual SFS Meeting - ECC Lunch Meeting - Mon., May 21 @ 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

  • 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.

2018 Annual SFS Meeting - ECC Mixer - Wed., May 23 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

  • 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.

2018 Annual SFS Meeting - ECC Workshop - Thu., May 24 @ 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

  • 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 chair, Zacchaeus Compson (

If you’re on social media, follow our hashtag! #SFS_EC

Early Career Ad Hoc Committee

  • Zacchaeus Compson (Chair)
  • Natalie Griffiths
  • Erin Hotchkiss
  • Meryl Mims
  • PJ Torres
  • Ashley Helton
  • Michael Hassett
  • Marc Peipoch
  • Pablo E. Gutiérrez Fonseca
  • Allison Veach
  • Erin Larson

Additional Resources


General career advice:

Targeted advice (writing papers and proposals):

For advisors (and useful for students):

For students/postdocs:

Science communication:

Blogs & Listservs

Online Resources