The first book to address the challenges and opportunities for women, especially from underrepresented communities, in wildlife professions.
Women in Wildlife Science is dedicated to the work of promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in wildlife conservation and management. Editors Carol L. Chambers and Kerry L. Nicholson collaborate with a diverse team of authors to analyze the status and celebrate the achievements of women in wildlife science. They share proven models and propose new methods to increase the inclusion of women in wildlife professions based on an intersectional framework. Centring perspectives from LGBTQ+ people, women of colour, and members of other marginalized communities, this is a groundbreaking and vitally important resource.
Covering academic and professional spheres, Women in Wildlife Science draws on enlightening personal stories and peer-reviewed scientific literature unavailable anywhere else to explain the challenges women face in the field of wildlife conservation and management. The contributors tackle pivotal issues, from recruitment into academic programs to hiring practices and ways to support career advancement in federal, state, local, tribal, and private sectors. Each chapter includes practical advice and original exercises constructed to help administrators, educators, managers, allies, and mentors move intentions into action. This pragmatic guide will help to ensure a more diverse, just, and equitable future for a workforce dedicated to preserving wildlife and the whole of the natural world.
Part I. Breaking Ground and Presenting Facts: Acknowledging the Past and Defining Present Challenges
Chapter 1. The Importance of Diversity
Chapter 2. Trailblazers: Women Who Forged a Path in Wildlife History
Chapter 3. Who Are We Now? Shaping the Future Generations of the Wildlife Profession
Chapter 4. Personal and Institutional Barriers to Success: Challenges and Solutions for Women
Chapter 5. Creating an Equitable Environment: Learning from a River
Part II. Diverse Perspectives and Practical Acts: Listening and Learning for an Inclusive and Equitable Future
Chapter 6. Perspectives of Native Women in Wildlife: Building a Diverse Future
Chapter 7. Women of Color in Wildlife: Stories of Support and Setbacks
Chapter 8. Breaking the Binary: LGBTQ+ Wildlifer Perspectives
Chapter 9. Intergenerational Insight: #MeetTheMillennials
Chapter 10. Multi-scale Approaches to Increase Inclusion
Chapter 11. The Responsibilities of Men in Supporting Women
Chapter 12. Melting the Iceberg
Chapter 13. Looking toward the Future
Carol L. Chambers is a professor of wildlife ecology in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University and past president of The Wildlife Society. Kerry L. Nicholson is a research wildlife biologist in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
"A very original and critically needed contribution to the topic of DEI and gender equality for women and BIPOC people in science professions. The scholarship is solid throughout, and I greatly appreciated the spectrum of voices, which ranges from iconic women in leadership positions to those at earlier stages of their careers."
– Cristina Eisenberg, Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence / Director of Tribal Initiatives, Oregon State University
"This book is monumental. As a wildlife student and person of color, I thoroughly enjoyed it and could personally relate to many scenarios featured in these essays. Groups that are working toward better DEI efforts will benefit from the self-reflection guides at the end of the chapters. The authors provide important statistics and advice on how to overcome obstacles and work toward improving diversity issues in the workplace."
– Lauren D. Pharr, North Carolina State University
"Powerful and informative, Women in Wildlife Science is an original contribution to the promotion of women and underrepresented groups in wildlife and natural resource professions. Everyone in wildlife science should read this book."
– Gary C. White, Colorado State University