Announcing Early Career Mentoring Program at ESA 2016

I’m cross posting this opportunity for funding ($200), one-on-one mentoring, and networking with fellow early career peers, from the Early Career Ecologist Section of ESA. I organized and launched the Early Career Mentoring Program last year, with the help of several other early and established ecologists, at ESA 2015. We received outstanding feedback from last year’s participants – both mentors and mentees really enjoyed the program and some have even maintained longer-term connections and communication post ESA. We’re running the program again at ESA 2016 this year for early career graduate students or postgrads who are entering a transitional career stage (last year of graduate program or 3 years or less post graduation date). Find out more details and how to apply here! Continue reading

GitHub and the working group

Over the past year, I’ve been co-organizing a jointly-funded, large, international working group (with co-PIs Maria Dornelas, Mary O’Connor, and Andrew Gonzalez). The group has had several meetings now (October 2014, May 2015, June 2015) and will meet again next week with the goal of finishing ongoing projects and making major progress on several new ones. I’ve learned a lot about managing large collaborative working groups through this process, but one area I’ve been thinking a lot about this week is how to maintain good communication before, during, and after the working group, especially with respect to code. Continue reading