SAC Workshop

2012 - How and why to avoid being labeled a "Shark Scientist"

As members of the American Elasmobranch Society, we clearly share interests in sharks and rays. As graduate students studying these animals, that interest often becomes all-consuming with the potential outcome that we are pigeon-holed as 'shark scientists'. In today's tough economy and increasingly competitive job markets, being labeled as a researcher with very narrow taxonomic interests could not only impede our ability to attract funding, but may inadvertently affect our employment potential if we are not viewed as being 'well-rounded' biologists. Given that most of us have embarked on elasmobranch-related graduate work, how do we now avoid the aforementioned pitfalls? What steps can we take now to ensure that our current interests do not hinder our broader career goals? This workshop will be a forum for gaining insights from established researchers on why being labelled a 'shark scientist' can be disadvantageous and how we can avoid it. Panelists TBA.

Past Workshops

Year Workshop Title
Integrative Biology: What it is and how it can benefit your research (Reno, NV)
Getting a Job: Preparing in graduate school, applying and making the transition (Chattanooga, TN)
2013 Addressing the ‘who cares’ and broader impacts of your research (Albuquerque, NM)
2012 How and why to avoid being labeled a "Shark Scientist" (Vancouver, BC)
2011 Elasmobranch Conservation Research: Concepts and Principles (Minneapolis, MN)
2010 Tips on Becoming a Good Reviewer (Providence, RI)
2009 How Can You Be a Successful Scientist and Still Have a Life? (Portland, OR)
2008 Is Graduate School Enough? (Montreal, Canada)
2007 The Media & Shark Research (St.Louis, MO)
2006 Better Scientific Illustrations and Visual Aids (New Orleans, LA)
2005 The Role of Shark Biologists in Academic, Federal, and State Agencies (Tampa, FL)
2004 Preparing Effective Presentations (Norman, OK)
2003 Methods Used In Delineating Resources in Mississippi's Coastal Waters:An Example in the Use of ArcView A Summary (Manaus, Brazil)
2002 GIS: An introduction to methods and applications (Kansas City, MO)
2001 Effective Grant Writing (State College, PA)
2000 How to get a post-doctoral or faculty position ( La Paz, Mexico)
1999 Reflections onthe Art and Science of Microscopy (State College, PA)
1998 How to prepare and present aposter (Ontario, Canada)
1997 How to publish apaper and Morrissey's Guide to Talking Good and Writing Right (Seattle, WA)
1996 How to land a job (New Orleans, LA)
1995 How to write grants and obtain funds/Effective presentation techniques (Alberta, Canada)

Using computer networks & how to present good talks. (Los Angeles, CA)