Best practices for LGBTQ+ inclusion during ecological fieldwork: Considering safety, cis/heteronormativity, and structural barriers

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Jaime Jo Coon , Nathan Alexander , Emmett M Smith, Madeleine Spellman, Isaac M Klimasmith, Lucas T. Allen-Custodio, Thea Clarkberg, Douglas Knutson, Kae Fountain, Michael Rivera


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and other marginalized gender and sexual identities (LGBTQ+) face unique barriers to participation in applied ecology. Such barriers are particularly relevant during fieldwork, including physical and discriminatory risks, increased isolation, and non-inclusive infrastructure.To be more inclusive, fieldwork should address LGBTQ+ safety and survival needs. Thus, to make science and fieldwork more accessible to LGBTQ+ people, structural changes are needed along with personal LGBTQ+ affirmation. In this paper, we discuss alleviating barriers to participation in field ecology, identify best practices for institutional changes, and provide advice for LGBTQ+ field researchers and heterosexual advocates.



Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Life Sciences, Other Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


applied ecology, diversity equity inclusion (DEI), fieldwork safety, LGBTQ, trans, transgender


Published: 2022-05-30 17:03

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