New Study Finds a Surprising Lack of Diversity Among Fisheries Scientists
There have been many recent discussions about complex problems that arise in natural resources, such as fisheries, and how those issues may be best addressed with a broad collection of knowledge, skills, and experiences found in a diverse workforce. However, there were no numbers indicating the diversity of the fisheries science workforce. To learn more, scientists assessed the race/ethnicity and gender diversity in the professional/academic fisheries science workforce in the United States. They found that women and minorities are a small portion of tenure-track faculty and federal-government professionals, likely because of systemic biases and cultural barriers. Women generally make up about 25% of the fisheries science workforce, and less, about 15%, as the rank of the position increases. However, the lack of diversity is even more pronounced when analyzed by race, with only roughly 10% of all fisheries science manager and faculty positions occupied by minorities.
The 2016 President of Society of Freshwater Sciences cited these findings in a call to diversify the field of aquatic ecology. American Fisheries Society, the largest fisheries organization in the world, used this paper to launch a discussion about diversity in the society and across the discipline nationally.
|Examining diversity inequities in fisheries science: a call to action||(publication)|
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