As the next generation of ecologists, we believe that it is not only important to understand and address global biodiversity and conservation issues in our research but also essential to make that research accessible to policy makers, resource managers, educators, non-profits, industry, and youth. Because these issues affect everyone, we believe that research regarding them should be made completely accessible and should incorporate the perspectives of a wide range of people. By making our research available to all groups, especially those traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, we hope to inspire new solutions, insights, and collaborations addressing ecological problems in our complex and changing world. We strive for our research and outreach efforts to have a "broader impact."

We have compiled a list of resources that

  1. clarifies what is meant by "broader impacts,"

  2. highlights potential partners with which to collaborate, and

  3. provides examples of outreach plans.

We encourage you to take advantage of those engaged in outreach at your university and in your community. Talk to your professors, graduate students, campus outreach programs, educators, community members, ranchers and farmers, youth, governmental agencies and non-profits! Then make an outreach plan to make it possible. These ideas and resources were compiled by ecology-oriented graduate students and are aimed at other similar graduate students, but anyone seeking to incorporate broader impacts into their research plans can use these steps.

Special Thanks To...
Stella Copeland, Carmen Cortez, Taraneh Emam, Kandace Knudson, Andrew Latimer, Lauren Porensky, Melia Nafus, Kevin Rice, Meghan Skaer, Katharina Ullmann, and Marit Wilkerson