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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.

Events & Awards

2019 Annual SFS Meeting - ECC Mixer - Wed., May 21 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

  • The ECC mixer this year will be hosted at the Green Pig Pub at 31 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT.

2019 Annual SFS Meeting - ECC Lunch Workshop - Mon., May 23 @ 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

  • 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 (

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:

Targeted advice (writing papers and proposals):

For advisors (and useful for students):

For students/postdocs:

Science communication:

Blogs & Listservs


1) Introduction: Synergistic Activities: Introduction to Early Careers in the Aquatic SciencesAngela 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.

Online Resources

EC Outside of Academia