Why engage the business sector

View of large agricultural fields with sky backgroundIn a recent publication by the Ecological Society of America (ESA), Dr. Leah Gerber, Founding Director of ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, shared advice to early career ecologists on why it matters to engage with the business sector and best approaches. “Engaging with big business offers an opportunity to have tremendous impact on the decisions that are made by these companies,” explained Gerber. “One reason NOT to engage is the hope that deep pockets will provide untapped basic research funding.” On February 2017, Dr. Gerber was named an ESA Fellow. Gerber was selected for her pioneering efforts to integrate marine ecology and conservation science into tenable policy and decision-making tools.