Preparing Competitive Research Grants in Biogeography

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Biogeography Specialty Group, Careers and Professional Development
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Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 1, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Nathan Gill
Chairs: Nathan Gill


This panel, organized by and for biogeographers but open to all, aims to review and discuss the ins and outs of preparing competitive research grants. Discussion topics will range from where, how, and why to successfully seek external funding for biogeographic research, NSF broader impacts and intellectual merit, lesser-known sources of funding, what to do when the big plans fall through, opportunities in Macrosystems Biology, Early NEON Science and Funding Opportunities for Geographers in NSF’s Directorate for Biological Sciences, and more. The panel features panelists from various career stages and areas of expertise:

Libby Wentz, Arizona State University Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Julie Commerford, Saginaw Valley State University Geography
Susy Ziegler, Northern Michigan University Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences
Maegan Rochner, University of Tennessee Geography
Mike Binford, NSF Macrosystems Biology/University of Florida Geography

Session Organizer: Nathan Gill, Clark University Geography/USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center

Come participate in a lively discussion about the skills needed to secure funding for biogeographic and other research.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Nathan Gill USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center 5
Panelist Susy Ziegler Northern Michigan University 15
Panelist Elizabeth Wentz Arizona State University 15
Panelist Maegen Rochner University of Tennessee Knoxville 15
Panelist Julie Commerford Dartmouth College 15
Panelist Evan Larson University of Wisconsin - Platteville 15
Panelist Michael Binford University of Florida 15
Discussant Nathan Gill USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center 5

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