Resources for Members

This page includes links to materials generated from a number of past ESA Regional Events, and by our members. Please feel free to send us any other documents, resources or links to useful webpages.

Getting Published in the Life Sciences: Tips and Tricks from the SA 2013 Regional Event

SA Regional Event, ‘Introduction to publishing: natural history to restoration’ (workshop)
Friday, 2 August 2013
Lecture Theatre, Goodman Building

10 experienced writers, representing a range of ecological and conservation topics, demystified the publication process by sharing useful advice and hints on a variety of subjects.

Main points - Powerpoint presentations and MP3 recordings are available and will be added to this website shortly.

  • Consider the audience. Journal citation rates can indicate how well a people in a field use a particular journal, however, not all articles will be cited in a well cited journal and managers and policy makers don't often publish and won't be represented by citation figures.
  • Write clearly. To ensure you can understand what you’ve written, put aside your writing for a couple of weeks before editing it.
  • Edit heavily.
  • Support the review process (reviewers are getting harder to source)
  • Consider reaching policy makers and practitioners. We know a lot about environmental problems, but there seems to be a barrier between science and policy [Max Finlayson]
  • Do good science and think beyond the box [Peter Cale]

Guide to organising symposia and workshops

Our SA Regional Councillor, Nerissa Haby, has produced this very useful document based on her experience in organising several very successful regional events. These guidelines are available to members for download and ESA would welcome any approaches by local groups or members who may want to partner with ESA in presenting a regional activity.

Attached File:
Some ideas generated for potential regional workshops aimed at updating member's ecological skills:
Potential workshop subjects and topics:
  • Statistics
  • Essential basic statistics for ecologists 
  • New techniques / approaches in ecological data analysis, eg Markov-chain
  • monte carlo analysis (eg Winbugs)
  • Recent trends in multivariate analysis 
  • How to use spatial/geo-statistics 
  • Mapping and spatial analysis
  • Field mapping and GPS (global position system)
  • Building environmental surfaces in GIS (geographical information systems) 
  • Classification of satellite imagery 
  • Natural history
  • Identifying local birds
  • Identifying local plants 
  • Topic of your choice?

If you have any other suggestions or would like to organise a workshop or event please let us know!