The Llano River Field Station is one of the newest field stations the program has visited.
Texas Tech University Center at Junction is hosting the Ecological Society of America's (ESA) Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability's (SEEDS) national field trip Oct. 25-28 at its Llano River Field Station.
The SEEDS program hosts one or two field trips per year and bring students from diverse backgrounds and interests to explore the science of ecology. SEEDS sponsors students from all over the U.S. to travel to different research stations to learn from and engage with scientists and professional ecologists.
“With our nation's changing demographics, we need a new and diverse generation of ecological problem-solvers to understand, mitigate and address growing impacts of human population growth and climate change on our environment,” said Tom Arsuffi, director of the Llano River Field Station. “The human capital of the ESA SEEDS program plays an important role in ensuring generations to come have a better and sustainable world.”
Established in 2002, the Llano River Field Station is one of the newest field stations SEEDS has visited.
The Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability program is the flagship award-winning education program of the Ecological Society of America. Its mission is to diversify and advance the ecology profession through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest of underrepresented students to participate and to lead in ecology.
The core SEEDS program components offer hands-on, engaging experiences with ecology that exhibit the relevance and applications of the science. Each experience also provides opportunities to interact with a diverse group of ecologists and other motivated students to both broaden and deepen students' understanding of ecology and potential careers. Focused mainly at the undergraduate level, with extension services for communities, high schools, graduate students and international collaborations, the SEEDS program promotes an ecology profession with wide representation to ensure environmental understanding and a sustainable future for all.