Diversity and Inclusion Resources

Teaching and education

Project Biodiversify: A repository of teaching materials and methods aimed at enhancing human diversity and inclusivity in biology courses: https://projectbiodiversify.org/ 

Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) program is the flagship award-winning education program of the Ecological Society of America: https://esa.org/seeds/

2017 CBE Life Sciences Education article showing efficacy of active learning in enhancing learning for underrepresented minority students: https://www.lifescied.org/doi/full/10.1187/cbe.16-12-0344

2019 BioScience article showing small classes promote more participation by women: https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/69/8/669/5530926

2020 Ecology and Evolution article on value of field courses to increase achievement of under-represented groups in ecology and evolutionary biology: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.6300

2020 Ecology and Evolution article on using online active learning to promote inclusive instruction: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ece3.6915

2021 Ecology and Evolution article providing a practical guide to DEI for undergraduates: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ece3.7321

2021 Ecology and Evolution article on fostering inclusivity in teaching, research and the field: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.7062

2022 Pathogens and Diseases article on teaching about bias in STEM: https://academic.oup.com/femspd/article/80/1/ftac006/6564730

Fieldwork

AdvanceGeo Partnership fieldwork page: https://serc.carleton.edu/advancegeo/resources/field_work.html

2019 Biotropica article on decolonizing field ecology: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/btp.12663

2020 Eos article on steps to protect BIPOC scholars in the fieldhttps://eos.org/opinions/ten-steps-to-protect-bipoc-scholars-in-the-field

2020 Nature Ecology and Evolution article on safe fieldwork practices for at-risk individuals: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-020-01328-5

2021 Nature Human Behaviour ‘world view’ on the challenges of fieldwork for LGBTQ+ scientists: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-021-01205-6

2022 Methods in Ecology and Evolution article on developing a field research safety manual recognizing marginalized identities: https://besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/2041-210X.13970

2022 PNAS article on equitable field work in biology: https://www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.2122667119

Hiring

DiversifyEEB: Highlighting ecologists and evolutionary biologists who are women and/or underrepresented minorities. With directory to help identify diverse ecologists and evolutionary biologists for hiring, seminars, colloquia, and awards: https://diversifyeeb.com/

2020 Social Psychology of Education article examining why there are so few ethnic minorities in the professoriate in EEB: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11218-019-09538-x

Membership funding and conference attendance funding

The Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution (UDE) program sends undergraduate students to the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution: https://www.evolutionsociety.org/content/education/undergraduate-diversity-at-evolution.html

SSE Membership Award of free membership for two years to the Society for the Study of Evolution to 100 individuals of any career stage who identify as racial or ethnic minorities: https://www.evolutionsociety.org/society-awards-and-prizes/sse-membership-award.html

Mentoring

British Ecological Society mentoring opportunities: https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/learning-and-resources/career-development/mentoring-scheme/#:~:text=New%20BES%20Mentoring%20scheme&text=Our%20highly%20successful%20Women%20in,provisions%20and%20support%20more%20members

2018 Ecology and Evolution paper on transforming mentorship in STEM: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ece3.4527

Public understanding

EVOKE: Evolutionary Knowledge for Everyone. Fostering the public’s understanding and acceptance of evolution: https://evokeproject.org/the-evoke-mission/

British Ecological Society Outreach Grants to promote ecological science to a wider audience: https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/funding/outreach-grants/

Allyship, antiracism and celebration of diversity

Society for Conservation Biology North America Allyship Program. Seeks to promote an understanding of the diversity of challenges faced by traditionally underrepresented communities within conservation, and to motivate dominant demographic groups to support minoritized groups based on this new understanding: https://scbnorthamerica.org/index.php/scbna-allyship-program/

The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science. A documentary film and photographic project celebrating the work of female paleontologists and highlighting the challenges and obstacles they face: https://thebeardedladyproject.com

Global Women in Herpetology: stories of 50 herpetologists around the globe: https://www.womeninherpetology.com/

Black in Natural History Museums: highlighting the many unheard voices, opinions, and stories of black people in natural history museums, and providing resources to help diversify the museums: https://www.blackinnhms.org/

2019 Nature Ecology and Evolution article highlighting the disproportionate role of underrepresented faculty in advancing diversity and inclusion: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-019-0911-5

2020 Nature Ecology and Evolution article on promoting black excellence in ecology and evolution: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-020-1266-7

2020 Nature Ecology and Evolution article on hidden figures in ecology and evolution:  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-020-1270-y

2020 Science article on the ecological and evolutionary consequences of systemic racism in urban environments: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/369/6510/eaay4497

2021 Ecology Letters opinion on supporting BIPOC scholars in ecology and evolutionary biology: https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.13716

2021 Nature Ecology and Evolution article on diversity in nature and academia: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01415-1

2021 American Naturalist article on calling for diversity in model systems in ecology, evolution and behavior and in the discipline: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/714574?

2021 Nature Ecology and Evolution article on antiracist interventions in EEB departments: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01522-z

2021 Conservation Letters article on dismantling discrimination: https://conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/conl.12774

Environmental justice

Extensive resources in the following websites:

Sierra Club: https://www.sierraclub.org/environmental-justice/resources

USEPA: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice

Aspen Institute: https://www.aspeninstitute.org

The Environmental Justice in Ecological Research article collection explores papers published in Ecological Society of America (ESA) journals in the past thirteen years that have connected ecological theory to addressing socioecological system problems in developing the environmental justice research agenda: https://esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/toc/10.1002/(ISSN)9999-0005.environmental-justice-in-ecological-research 

2019 Biological Conservation article on supporting indigenous-led governance in conservation: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320719307803

2019 Coastal Management article on indigenous governance in marine conservation: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08920753.2019.1669099

2019 New Zealand Journal of Ecology article on indigenous principles in conservation genomics: https://newzealandecology.org/nzje/3389

2020 Biological Conservation article on the map of biodiversity mapping: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320720309010

2021 Global Environmental Change article on environmental justice in coastal systems: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378020307913

2021 Energy Research and Social Science article on environmental justice and renewal energy: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214629620304126?

Awards for diversity and inclusion action and to celebrate excellence of scholars from diverse backgrounds

The IDEA Award will be given to a person at any career stage who has strengthened the ecology and evolutionary biology community by promoting inclusiveness and diversity in our fields:  https://www.amnat.org/announcements/NomIDEAaward.html

Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award given annually by the Ecological Society of America in recognition of long-standing contributions towards increasing the diversity of future ecologists: https://www.esa.org/about/awards/#commitment-to-human

The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Dorothy M. Skinner Award for outstanding scholarship by women grad students and postdocs: https://sicb.org/awards/dorothy-m-skinner-award-fund/ 

Bibliography, covering all topics

Anadu, J.,Ali, H., and Jackson, C. Ten steps to protect BIPOC scholars in the field. Eos, 101, (2020).

Artelle, K. A. et al. Supporting resurgent Indigenous-led governance: A nascent mechanism for just and effective conservation. Biol. Conserv. 240, 108284 (2019).

Atchison, C. J. Challenges of fieldwork for LGBTQ+ scientists. Nat. Hum. Behav. 5, 1462–1462 (2021).

Baker, K., Eichhorn, M. P. & Griffiths, M. Decolonizing field ecology. Biotropica 51, 288–292 (2019).

Ballen, C. J., Wieman, C., Salehi, S., Searle, J. B. & Zamudio, K. R. Enhancing Diversity in Undergraduate Science: Self-Efficacy Drives Performance Gains with Active Learning. CBE—Life Sci. Educ. 16, ar56 (2017).

Ballen, C. J. et al. Smaller Classes Promote Equitable Student Participation in STEM. BioScience 69, 669–680 (2019).

Beltran, R. S. et al. Field courses narrow demographic achievement gaps in ecology and evolutionary biology. Ecol. Evol. 10, 5184–5196 (2020).

Chaudhury, A. & Colla, S. Next steps in dismantling discrimination: Lessons from ecology and conservation science. Conserv. Lett. 14, (2021).

Collier-Robinson, L., Rayne, A., Rupene, M., Thoms, C. & Steeves, T. Embedding indigenous principles in genomic research of culturally significant species: a conservation genomics case study. N. Z. J. Ecol. 43, (2019).

Cronin, M. R. et al. Anti-racist interventions to transform ecology, evolution and conservation biology departments. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 5, 1213–1223 (2021).

Demery, A.-J. C. & Pipkin, M. A. Safe fieldwork strategies for at-risk individuals, their supervisors and institutions. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 5, 5–9 (2021).

Domingues, V. & Gordon, S. Diversity in nature and academia. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 5, 402–404 (2021).

Duc Bo Massey, M., Arif, S., Albury, C. & Cluney, V. A. Ecology and evolutionary biology must elevate BIPOC scholars. Ecol. Lett. 24, 913–919 (2021).

Duffy, M. A. et al. Model Systems in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior: A Call for Diversity in Our Model Systems and Discipline. Am. Nat. 198, 53–68 (2021).

Emery, N. C., Bledsoe, E. K., Hasley, A. O. & Eaton, C. D. Cultivating inclusive instructional and research environments in ecology and evolutionary science. Ecol. Evol. 11, 1480–1491 (2021).

Harris, B. N. et al. From panic to pedagogy: Using online active learning to promote inclusive instruction in ecology and evolutionary biology courses and beyond. Ecol. Evol. 10, 12581–12612 (2020).

Hund, A. K. et al. Transforming mentorship in STEM by training scientists to be better leaders. Ecol. Evol. 8, 9962–9974 (2018).

Jimenez, M. F. et al. Underrepresented faculty play a disproportionate role in advancing diversity and inclusion. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 3, 1030–1033 (2019).

Lau, J. D., Gurney, G. G. & Cinner, J. Environmental justice in coastal systems: Perspectives from communities confronting change. Glob. Environ. Change 66, 102208 (2021).

Levenda, A. M., Behrsin, I. & Disano, F. Renewable energy for whom? A global systematic review of the environmental justice implications of renewable energy technologies. Energy Res. Soc. Sci. 71, 101837 (2021).

Maas, B. et al. Academic leaders must support inclusive scientific communities during COVID-19. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 4, 997–998 (2020).

Malavasi, M. The map of biodiversity mapping. Biol. Conserv. 252, 108843 (2020).

Miriti, M. N., Bailey, K., Halsey, S. J. & Harris, N. C. Hidden figures in ecology and evolution. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 4, 1282–1282 (2020).

Moreau, C. S., Darby, A. M., Demery, A.-J. C., Arcila Hernández, L. M. & Meaders, C. L. A framework for educating and empowering students by teaching about history and consequences of bias in STEM. Pathog. Dis. 80, ftac006 (2022).

Ramirez-Castaneda, V. et al. A set of principles and practical suggestions for equitable fieldwork in biology. PNAS 119, e2122667119 (2022).

Rudzki, E. N. et al. A guide for developing a field research safety manual that explicitly considers risks for marginalized identities in the sciences. Methods Ecol. Evol. 13, 2318–2330 (2022).

Schell, C. J. et al. Recreating Wakanda by promoting Black excellence in ecology and evolution. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 4, 1285–1287 (2020).

Schell, C. J. et al. The ecological and evolutionary consequences of systemic racism in urban environments. Science 369, eaay4497 (2020).

Tran, T. C., Ban, N. C. & Bhattacharyya, J. A review of successes, challenges, and lessons from Indigenous protected and conserved areas. Biol. Conserv. 241, 108271 (2020).

von der Porten, S., Ota, Y., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. & Pictou, S. The Role of Indigenous Resurgence in Marine Conservation. Coast. Manag. 47, 527–547 (2019).

List of publications from authors in EEB Cornell

Ballen, C. J., Wieman, C., Salehi, S., Searle, J. B. & Zamudio, K. R. Enhancing Diversity in Undergraduate Science: Self-Efficacy Drives Performance Gains with Active Learning. CBE—Life Sci. Educ. 16, ar56 (2017).

Ballen, C. J. et al. Smaller Classes Promote Equitable Student Participation in STEM. BioScience 69, 669–680 (2019).

Demery, A.-J. C. & Pipkin, M. A. Safe fieldwork strategies for at-risk individuals, their supervisors and institutions. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 5, 5–9 (2021).

Domingues, V. & Gordon, S. Diversity in nature and academia. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 5, 402–404 (2021).

Duffy, M. A. et al. Model Systems in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior: A Call for Diversity in Our Model Systems and Discipline. Am. Nat. 198, 53–68 (2021).

Moreau, C. S., Darby, A. M., Demery, A.-J. C., Arcila Hernández, L. M. & Meaders, C. L. A framework for educating and empowering students by teaching about history and consequences of bias in STEM. Pathog. Dis. 80, ftac006 (2022).

 

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