Maria Miriti, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University
Title: The identity crisis in ecology and evolution
Abstract: Science is developed and practiced within social constructs that can present socially biased perspectives that are embedded in disciplinary values. Such biases hinder the development of a scientific identity, which is an important component of retention in STEM disciplines and is more challenging for underrepresented minorities than for students from the dominant culture. In this talk, I will share how social biases influence ecology and evolution and consider strategies that can support a positive scientific identity among underrepresented students.