Welcome to the ECCF podcast, a show by the Early Career Climate Forum that discusses climate research and science communication, and gives professional development tips to the next generation of scientists.
Seven in ten researchers and engineers in the U.S. work in the the business sector, and only two in ten stay at universities. But many college graduates and postdocs aim primarily for tenure-track careers in academia. At the same time, many graduates and postdocs lack key soft skills, like communication, team work, or leadership, which are essential for working in the commercial, non-profit, or government sector.
We sat down with Dr. Phil Clifford, a professor and associate dean in medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and co-lead of myIDP, a AAAS initiative to provide early career researchers with guidance for acquiring soft skills and identifying careers that suit them. In light of COVID-19 and hiring freezes at many universities and businesses, we also talked about how the job market changed, who is most impacted, and how we can improve our chances for jobs that are still available.
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AAAS myIDP: https://myidp.sciencecareers.org
Science and Engineering workforce by sector in the U.S. (2017): https://ncses.nsf.gov/pubs/nsb20198/s-e-workers-in-the-economy
"You Need a Game Plan", essay about myIDP in Science Magazine (2012): https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2012/09/you-need-game-plan
According to the USDA, U.S. ranchers own nearly 32 million beef cows, worth about $70 billion. As managing these herds and the grasslands they need for forage becomes more difficult due to climate change, we talked to Dr. Hailey Wilmer about the CARM (Collaborative Adaptive Rangeland Management) project in Colorado, that brings ranchers and agricultural researchers together to find management solutions that are informed by science and work in the real world.
Host: Dr. Toni Klemm, Texas A&M University
Dr. Hailey Wilmer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hnw2
The CARM project: https://www.ars.usda.gov/plains-area/fort-collins-co/center-for-agricultural-resources-research/rangeland-resources-systems-research/docs/range/adaptive-grazing-management/research/
In part 2 of their interview, Adrienne Wootten chatted with Jessica Whitehead about her day-to-day job as North Carolina's Chief Resilience Officer, and some of the soft skills needed to collaborate across state agencies and with public leaders.
Jessica Whitehead on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrJessWhitehead
North Carolina's Department of Public Safety on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NCPublicSafety
North Carolina's State Climate Report (released March 2020): https://ncics.org/programs/nccsr/
Adrienne Wootten chatted with Dr. Jessica Whitehead, North Carolina's Chief Resilience Officer, about her fascinating career path and her work. In part one of this two-part series, Adrienne talked to her about her career path from being an undergraduate physics major to being the state's first Chief Resilience Officer.
Subscribe to the ECCF podcast to not miss part two of this series, about her work helping North Carolinians prepare for climate variability and climate change, which we'll post next week.
Follow Jessica Whitehead on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrJessWhitehead
North Carolina's Department of Public Safety: https://twitter.com/NCPublicSafety
On today’s episode we talk to bison rancher turned bison researcher, Jeff Martin, a doctoral candidate* in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University. His research explores how bison in North America are affected by climate change.
Find out more about Jeff at https://bisonjeff.weebly.com and https://twitter.com/bisonjeff
He recently gave a lecture about his research at the Mammoth Site in South Dakota. You can watch it here: https://www.facebook.com/TheMammothSite/videos/476325093289112/
*Update (May 12, 2020): Jeff passed his doctoral defense. Congratulations, Dr. Martin! You can watch his defense presentation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqDmnxeYkLE
We talked to Dr. Sarah McAnulty, a squid biologist at the University of Connecticut and the Executive Director of Skype A Scientist, an organization that connects scientists and classrooms around the world through video chat. We wanted to know what her motivation was to start this organization while also working on her dissertation, how it works, and why scientists should participate.
Hosted by Dr. Toni Klemm, with tech support from the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University.
Sign up as a teacher or scientist on https://www.skypeascientist.com
Donate at https://www.patreon.com/SkypeAScientist
Find Sarah on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahMackAttack
And follow Skype A Scientist at https://twitter.com/SkypeScientist
For our inaugural episode we talked to Dr. Kristen Weiss, a researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the communications coordinator for the Long-Term Ecological Research Network, or LTER. We talked to her about her career path from marine research to science communication, about the challenges of climate change from a communications perspective, and about how to become a better science communicator.
Find out more about Kristen's upcoming all-female sailing expedition: www.exxpedition.com
Learn more about LTER: www.lternet.edu
Kristen's personal blog and her research: www.kristencheriweiss.com
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