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Evelyn Cooper <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: FREE Waterbird Society Meeting/Ecology,  wildlife conservation,
marine biology, human ecology, sustainability fair, 11/8/19!

The Waterbird Society, an international scientific, not-for-profit
organization dedicated to the study and conservation of waterbirds is
planning to hold its annual meeting in Princess Anne, MD this coming
November. To further its efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in
careers in ecology, forestry, wildlife conservation, wildlife management,
human ecology, marine biology, terrestrial wetlands, sustainability, and
other similar fields.    , the Society is partnering with UMES to offer a
full-day program on Friday, November 8, 2019, to teach students about the
Society and opportunities in natural resource sciences.  We are seeking 50
student participants from the University of Maryland (UMD).  Transportation
and lunch will be provided for all students.  All registrants will receive a
letter to excuse you from class on Friday, November 8. If you plan to attend,
consult with your professors as soon as possible to arrange to complete all
work you may miss on November 8.

If you are interested, register at
   The deadline to register is October 9, 2019.  Please remember, this
opportunity is limited to only 50 students.  Register now!  Preference will
be given to juniors and seniors, but we encourage all to apply.

To learn more about the Waterbird Society and the 43rd Annual Meeting in
Princess Anne, Maryland, go to

Waterbird Society Diversity Day Program Description

Morning session (begins at 9 a.m.)

Talks by six notable achievers in academia, federal agencies, and
conservation organizations.

The speakers will tell the students how they became interested in nature,
obtained academic

degrees, internships, and other training opportunities, and found career
opportunities and

excelled in natural resource conservation and management and academic
science. They will also

address challenges faced as a person of color in white-dominated fields and
how they are

changing that culture in their own organizations and universities.

The speakers are:

·         Miguel Mora, Ph.D.  (Professor, Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries Sciences and Intercollegiate Faculty of Toxicology, Texas A&M

·         Jerome Ford (Assistant Director for Migratory Birds, USFWS).

·         Teferi Tsegay, Ph.D. (National Program Leader, Natural Resources
and Sustainable Agricultural Systems USDA Agricultural Research Service)

·         Dawn O’Neal, Ph.D.* (Director, NatureNet Science Fellows and
Science Impact Project, Nature Conservancy)

·         Benjamin Tuggle, Ph.D.* (Assistant Director for Science
Applications for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

·         A panel-format Q&A will follow these talks; students will have an
opportunity to ask questions.

Lunch session

Workshop for students to discuss their own potential academic and career
pathways. This session will allow students to network and meet with
prospective employers.

Afternoon session

Three "demonstration" papers. Presenters will be doctoral students or
post-docs, drawn from underrepresented groups, who will explain how they
became interested in biology/ecology; their college majors; undergrad or
summer fieldwork projects; how they decided to go to grad school and how they
selected their graduate program; whether to seek an M.S. vs. a Ph.D. and why;
and what grad school is like in terms of coursework and research and working
with an advisor. They will explain why they chose to do this particular
research - what questions were they trying to answer; why they decided to use
these particular methods; then the traditional paper presentation. This will
be followed by a discussion about how the information they produced can be
used by natural resource agencies, private landowners, decision-makers and
how the information gets to the people who we hope will use it.

Other program elements

   A wide variety of state and federal natural resource agencies, natural
resource conservation and management NGOs, corporations, and other
organizations will offer information about career opportunities and diversity
programs at their agencies and organizations.

   For Undergraduate and Graduate Students!

Event Date: November 8, 2019
Event Location: University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD
Contact Person: Evelyn Cooper
Contact Email: [log in to unmask]
Contact Phone Number: 3017064440
Website URL:

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