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.
Events & Awards
- The ECC mixer this year will be hosted at the Green Pig Pub at 31 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT.
- Advancing Freshwater Science: A Discussion with the National Science Foundation," NSF panelists will continue with a Q&A-style discussion workshop focused on tips and advice for early career scientists wanting to learn how to apply for NSF funding and interact with program officers. Lunch is included.
Apply for the Early Career Travel Engagement Award - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 28, 5PM EDT
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
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
1) Introduction: Synergistic Activities: Introduction to Early Careers in the Aquatic Sciences. Angela De Palma-Dow (Presenter) & Zach Compson from Society of Freshwater Science Early Career Committee.
2) Watershed Stewardship: Conducting Bioassessments with Community Members. Melissa von Mayrhauser from LA Waterkeepers
3) Experiences and Thoughts on Early Career Science in California. Guillermo de Mendoza from UC Berkeley
4) A Practical Guide: Tools and Skills Needed in Protecting California’s Watersheds. Shuka Rastegarpour from California Water Boards
5) Restoring and Revitalizing California's Urban Streams. Esther Tracy from California Department of Water Resources
6) Early Career Panel presented by SFS Early Career Committee and Cal-SFS (moderated by Angela De Palma-Dow and Nick Macias, Cal-SFS) Panel Participants include; James Morris, Melissa von Mayrhauser, Guillermo de Mendoza, Shuka Rastegarpour, Esther Tracy. Funding source: This session was made posisble by the Synergistic Activities Among Committee (SAAC) Grant Award to the Early Career Development Committee, Cal Chapter, and Student Awards Selection Subcommittee.
- 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
EC Outside of Academia
- "Why it is not a ‘failure’ to leave academia" Kruger (2018) in Nature https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05838-y
- An Introduction to achieving policy impact for early career researchers. Evans & Cvitanovic (2018) In Palgrave Communications, published in Nature https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-018-0144-2
- Jobs on Toast Resources Link which includes books, blogs, articles, websites and more! To find science careers outside of academia. http://jobsontoast.com/resources-phd/