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Women in Wildlife Science

Building Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

edited by Carol L. Chambers and Kerry L. Nicholson

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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 diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of wildlife conservation and management. Editors Carol L. Chambers and Kerry L. Nicholson have collaborated with a diverse group of contributors to review the history, analyze the status, and celebrate the achievements of women in wildlife science. They share proven models and proposals for new methods to increase the inclusion of women in wildlife…

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 diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of wildlife conservation and management. Editors Carol L. Chambers and Kerry L. Nicholson have collaborated with a diverse group of contributors to review the history, analyze the status, and celebrate the achievements of women in wildlife science. They share proven models and proposals for new methods to increase the inclusion of women in wildlife professions based on an intersectional framework. Centering perspectives from LGBTQ, BIPOC, Indigenous, and other marginalized communities, Women in Wildlife Science is a groundbreaking and vitally important book.

Covering academic and professional spheres, the book lays bare the challenges women face entering and excelling in the field of wildlife conservation and management, illustrated by personal stories of struggle and victory, and grounded in peer-reviewed scientific literature unavailable anywhere else. In order to move the discourse around diversity in the wildlife profession forward, the team of contributors Chambers and Nicholson have assembled tackle pivotal issues, from recruitment into academic programs to hiring practices and supporting career advancement in federal, state, local, tribal, and private sectors.

Opening with the stories of wildlife's founding women, and a concise presentation of facts and figures clarifying recent trends and the current state of women in the field, the heart of the book is then dedicated to sharing practical advice about how to increase, recognize, and encourage women's contributions. Each chapter includes original exercises constructed to help administrators, educators, managers, allies, and mentors move intentions into action. Focused attention is given to mentoring early career professionals, Indigenous women, and Women of Color. Women in Wildlife Science is a pragmatic guide to ensuring a more diverse, just, and equitable future for a workforce dedicated to preserving not just wildlife but the very fabric of the natural world.

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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.

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 this edited volume, and I greatly appreciated the spectrum of voices, which ranged from iconic women in leadership professions to those at earlier stages of their careers. Every woman and BIPOC person in science should read this book, and it should be required reading for any student in wildlife biology.

This book is monumental. As a wildlife student and POC, I thoroughly enjoyed it and could personally relate to many scenarios featured in these essays. Groups, whether at the federal, state, or academic level, that are working towards 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 and work toward improving diversity issues in the workplace.

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Table of Contents

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

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
Acknowledgments
Contributors
Index

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Carol L. Chambers
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Carol L. Chambers

Carol L. Chambers, PhD (FLAGSTAFF, AZ), is a professor of wildlife ecology in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University and past president of The Wildlife Society.
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Kerry L. Nicholson

Kerry L. Nicholson, PhD (FAIRBANKS, AK), is a research wildlife biologist in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.