Scientist Spotlights: Online assignments to promote inclusion in Ecology and Evolution

Samantha Brandt, Sehoya Cotner, Zoe Koth, Suzanne McGaugh

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Scientific disciplines face large diversity challenges, with the fields of ecology and evolution being among the most homogeneous—specifically with respect to race and ethnicity. These problems have been recently compounded by large-scale racial unrest, highlighting some of the underlying disparities that have led to these diversity challenges, and a global pandemic, which, by moving instruction online, has created new challenges for inclusive teaching. Among the inclusive-teaching techniques that can be implemented during remote instruction are Scientist Spotlights—role-model interventions that use available online materials to highlight the work of scientists representing multiple axes of diversity. We report here on the implementation of Scientist Spotlights in two courses, both of which emphasize ecology and evolution. We conclude with sample resources and suggestions for adopters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12450-12456
Number of pages7
JournalEcology and Evolution
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
McGaugh was supported by NSF IOS:1546727 during the preparation of this manuscript. This work was also supported in part by a grant to the University of Minnesota from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Science Education Program (PI Laurie Parker); specifically, SC and SM were HHMI Faculty Fellows in the program.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 The Authors. Ecology and Evolution published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


  • Scientist Spotlights
  • ecology
  • evolution
  • inclusive teaching
  • role models


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