Professional Development

Professional Development

IASNR is committed to help both professionals and students succeed by building on strengths and overcoming weaknesses.

The Professional Development Committee has been working to gather teaching materials that would be shared among IASNR members. So far, we have gathered several syllabi from natural resource courses and social science research methods courses, a few classroom activities, and notes from a panel on involving undergraduate in research held at the ISSRM 2015 meeting. We also invite any additional submissions of teaching materials that members are willing to share, these may be sent to Professional Development Committee member Becky Schewe at [email protected] .

We hope you enjoy the resources and that they are helpful, and request that you please offer some sort of recognition of the contributor if you choose to incorporate them into your teaching materials!




Academic conferences: A primer (Bill Carbonaro, University of Notre Dame, Sociology)
A great starting point for students who are unfamiliar with conferences, sessions and presentations.

How to Give an Academic Talk (Paul Edwards, University of Michigan)
A very good essay on the principles of effective talks including Preparation, Vocal techniques, Software, timing, Handling questions, and Planning for disasters.

Getting your Point Across. An Academic Guide to Giving Presentations (University of Southampton)
An excellent comprehensive guidebook with checklists that cover: Why give a talk?, Planning a talk, Delivering the talk, and Reflecting on and learning from your experience.

How To Improve The Presentation Skills Of PhD Students (Susanne Ulm)
An informal, informative, and yet comprehensive 4-point article written for graduate students encountering their first conference presentation.

How to Give a Presentation that Bores your Audience, Giving a Rubbish Impression of You and your Research (Nick Hopwood)
A tongue-in-cheek (alternative) approach to engaging the reader to consider how presentations fail in content, process, and preparation.
– See also, by the same author: An Example of an Awful PPT Presentation (with annotations)

The Six Best Conference Questions: Or, How Not to Paper-Bomb at a Conference (Lorna M. Campbell)
An article about ideal conference questions, which originates in a Times Higher Education story about the kinds of dreaded questions asked in sessions. This article is based on a short survey on Twitter asking academics what kind of questions they had benefited from after delivering conference papers.

Designing conference posters (Colin Purrington)
A comprehensive website that provides technical guidance, ‘Do’s and Don’ts’, poster examples, and even templates for developing academic posters.

Tips on Poster Presentations at Professional Conference (Scott Plunkett)
A very concise bullet point list of general considerations and specific construction details for poster presentations

Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation (PLoS Computational Biology, 2007)
A great starting point for considering your poster construction and presentation.

The Scientist’s Guide To Poster Design (Kathryn M. Everson)
An instructive  guide to academic poster development with a  table of contents that includes Pros and Cons of Poster Presentations, Organization, Software Options, Design and Layout, and Printing/Presentation.
– See also by the same author: Seduction in the Poster Session

Giving an Effective Poster Presentation (Written by and narrated by George Hess)
A dramatized YouTube video of ways to correct improper poster presentations and styles.

Webinar Series

IASNR will begin holding several webinar series throughout the year. Some of these will be recorded and available here. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions or ideas on a webinar series.

​AESS-IASNR-SCB SSWG Methods I Webinar

Please watch for late 2019 announcements of the next in the series: Methods II on participatory, qualitative social science methods.*

This webinar was held on Wednesday February 20th USA EST 1:00-3:00 (13:00-15:00)

Attention environmental social science students and professionals! Curious about quantitative methods you never got to study in college? Want to learn more? Watch our free AESS-IASNR-SCB SSWG sponsored webinar.

Guest speakers:

Aniseh Bro, University of Michigan on Survey Experiments
Matthew Hamilton, The Ohio State University on Social Network Analysis
Peter Jacques, University of Central Florida on Quantitative Content Analysis
Mark Rouleau, Michigan Technological University on Agent-based Modeling

This webinar is designed to briefly expose you to each method. Additional resources for you to learn more on your own can be provided.

After a brief webinar introduction, each speaker talks about their method for about 12 minutes for about one hour total of presentations, followed by one hour of attendee questions and answered by the speakers.

For questions, please contact Kathy Halvorsen at [email protected].

Jointly sponsored by the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS), the International Association of Society and Natural Resources (IASNR), and the Society for Conservation Biology Social Science Working Group (SCB SSWG).

Society & Natural Resources Webinar

Society and Natural Resources and the IASNR Professional Development Committee offered a complimentary webinar on April 23, 2018, titled “Publishing with and reviewing for SNR.” This webinar was co-hosted by Dr. Linda Prokopy and Dr. Tasos Hovardas, the co-Editors-in-Chief of Society and Natural Resources. This one-hour webinar coverd the following topics:

  • Publishing in peer-reviewed journals as an author
  • Serving as a reviewer in peer-reviewed journals (i.e., how to conduct a high-quality review)

This webinar is a great tool for graduate students, post-docs and early-career professionals to explore publication opportunities with Society and Natural Resources, a leading journal in natural resource social science and interdisciplinary conservation science. Learning about how to serve as a reviewer of manuscripts can also be very helpful for writing.

Click here to view the webinar introduction.

Click here to view the webinar.

Click here to view the webinar PowerPoint slides.

Contact the following individuals with any related questions.