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Early Career Scientists

PSG supports Early Career Scientist members and offers resources, events, and volunteer opportunities!  PSG encourages Early Career Scientists to learn more about the society and become an active member by volunteering for an annual meeting, joining a committee, or volunteering for the Executive Council positions. See below for Early Career Scientist events!

Early Career Scientist Resources

The transition from student to salary-earner can be challenging. We asked long-time PSG members some of their strategies to ease this transition and they said, in addition to becoming a member of PSG:

  • Join an association that supports early-career professionals (e.g., journal club, local chapter of the Wildlife Society) or one that specifically reaches out to historically underrepresented groups (e.g., the Earth Science Women’s Network) or the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, SACNAS.
  • Join a listserve for networking opportunities, jobs, conference announcements, workshops and seminars. Join the PSG listserve here. Other popular listserves among PSG members include the ECOLOG listserv and the MARMAM listserv.
  • Stay connected by creating and keeping a research webpage, blog, and/or Twitter profile that highlight your current work. If you use Twitter, follow PSG.
  • Pay it forward because we’ve all met an amazing mentor along the way. Be that person! Check out this mentoring guide published by the National Academy of Science, then seek out mentoring opportunities through your local college/university/school district, or sign up through MentorNet.

Early Career Scientist Volunteer Opportunities

PSG is always seeking early career scientists to assist with the Annual Meeting, including organizing the Annual Meeting Welcome Night, pub crawl, Conservation Meeting and Members’ Meeting. Early career scientists have donated their time to design the cover of the Annual Meeting booklet and their connections have contributed to Annual Meeting sponsorships, including items donated to the PSG Silent Auction, which funds student travel awards.

Throughout the year, PSG offers the opportunity for early career scientists to volunteer with the publication of Pacific Seabirds, by assisting with PSG social media accounts, and through PSG’s committees.

Ready to dive in? Contact the PSG Early Career Scientist Liaison:

Looking for additional ways to volunteer? See volunteering.

Early Career Scientist Events

Are you interested in convening the next early career scientist event? Contact the Early Career Scientist Liaison: to host or attend, in-person or online!

Through PSG’s partnership with the World Seabird Union early career scientist members of PSG have produced two World Seabird Twitter Conferences and hosted the “Meet the Masters” series.

Interview with a PSG Early Career Scientist

Photo credit: Emma Kelsey, Wildlife Biologist, USGS Western Ecological Research Center

How did you hear about the Pacific Seabird Group (PSG)?

From my undergraduate advisor, who urged me to present my thesis work at the 2010 PSG Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California. It was my first professional conference and I was so intimidated, but everyone was so welcoming and I had a great time.

How did you transition from your Masters of Science (MS) to USGS?

Through a lucky chain of events! I was looking for a job and my current boss had work that needed to be done. My CV mentioned my work experience with some of his favorite species, Pink-footed Shearwater and Cassin’s Auklet. I think it was those birds that really caught his attention.

So, the birds made it happen?

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