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Sign up to be a SEEDS Mentor at the ESA Annual Meeting!

Become a SEEDS Mentor at the ESA Annual Meeting!

The Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) Program of the Ecological Society of America is seeking ESA Members to serve as SEEDS Meeting Mentors for undergraduate students during the 2017 ESA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon from August 6-11. This year, the SEEDS Program will sponsor 50 students from diverse backgrounds with a demonstrated commitment to the SEEDS mission.  The mentoring program is integral in helping SEEDS nurture student interest in ecology, and ultimately to diversify and advance our science. 

If you are interested in mentoring, please visit: 
for more information! 
Jorge Ramos and Erica Harris - SEEDS mentors at the 100th ESA Annual Meeting.

Applying to be a mentor does not guarantee that you will be selected by a SEEDS student. If you are selected by a student, your primary role will be to help guide your student through the meeting and share your personal experiences in the field of ecology.  

Expectations for mentors include:  
  • Prior attendance to an ESA Annual Meeting 
  • Sensitivity to the needs of underrepresented students 
  • Communicating with students and staff over the summer
  • Meeting with your student at least once a day at the meeting
  • Attend all 4 SEEDS Mentor events listed on the website
  • You are also encouraged to attend SEEDS students presentations.
If you have any questions, please contact Fred Abbott at (202) 833-8773 or seeds@esa.org 
SEEDS Leadership Meeting participants at Las Cebezas de San Juan Nature Reserve
2017 SEEDS Leadership Meeting in Puerto Rico!  

From April 5-9, SEEDS hosted the 12th SEEDS Leadership Meeting at El Yunque National Forest in Rio Grande, PR! 23 undergraduate students from all over the US participated in this meeting that focused on the connections between forests and communities. We stayed at El Verde Field Station, managed by the University of Puerto Rico. The students participated workshops and activities at Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve and El Yunque National Forest. Participants learned about the importance of good management strategies to incorporate the local community and stakeholders at a national forest.  They conducted a visitor survey at El Yunque and had the opportunity to analyze and present their findings. They also learned about invasive species, and participated in a citizen science project at Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve to dig up green iguana eggs - a prominent invasive on the island.  All of these activities made this a truly unforgettable experience. SEEDS hosted this amazing event thanks to the support from the USDA Forest Service.  For more pictures from this trip - follow ESA-SEEDS on Facebook! 

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