Person in outdoor setting We take a multi-level approach to transform workplace climate (sensu De Welde and Stepnick, 2015): at the institutional level, by addressing academic cultures through the leadership of scientific societies and on campus efforts; structurally, through policies and processes that guide professional conduct and response to sexual and other types of harassment; and individually, through education and empowerment of all members of our community.

The aims of our research are to:

  1. Collect and analyze data on workplace climate experiences in the geosciences and ecological sciences.
  2. Develop and test bystander intervention training programs with discipline-relevant scenarios and that incorporate intersectionality.
  3. Develop teaching modules on sexual misconduct and bullying for use in research ethics training courses.
  4. Disseminate training workshops, webinars, and teaching modules via partnership with professional societies.
  5. Develop a sustainable model that can be transferred to other STEM disciplines.

Our work initially focused on the geosciences or earth and space sciences. A supplemental award has expanded our work into the ecological and biological sciences. Current organizational partners include: American Geophysical Union, Association for Women Geoscientists, Earth Science Women's Network, Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, Ecological Society of America, Long-Term Ecological Research Network, Animal Behavior Society, and the Evolution Societies.

ADVANCEGeo Team Publications and Products

  • Chaudhary, V.B. and A.A. Berhe. 2020. Ten simple rules for building an antiracist lab. PLoS Computational Biology 16(10): e1008210. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1008210
  • Marin-Spiotta, E., R.T. Barnes, A.A. Berhe, M.G. Hastings, A. Mattheis, B. Schneider and B.M. Williams. 2020. Hostile climates are barriers to diversifying the geosciences. Advances in Geosciences 53: 117-127.
  • Holmes, M.A., L. Myles, and B. Schneider. 2020. Diversity and Equality in Honors and Awards Programs: Steps Towards a Fair Representation of Membership. In Advances in Geosciences 1: 1-11.
  • Berhe, A.A., M.G Hastings, B. Schneider and E. Marin-Spiotta. 2020. Changing academic cultures to respond to sexual harassment through bystander intervention and workplace climate training. In: Azad, S. (Ed). Addressing Gender Bias in Science: Research-based Solutions. American Chemical Society Symposium Series, Washington, D.C. Pp. 109-125
  • Schneider, B.B. and M.A. Holmes. 2020. The Science of Implicit Bias and How to Minimize its Effects, in Azad, S. (Ed.), Addressing Gender Bias in Science: Research-Based Solutions. American Chemical Society Symposium Series (In press)
  • Mattheis, A., M. Murphy and E. Mari­n-Spiotta. 2019. Examining intersectionality and inclusivity in Geosciences Education Research: A Synthesis of the literature 2008-2018. Journal of Geoscience Education 67: doi.org/10.1080/10899995.2019.1656522
  • Marín-Spiotta, E., S.M. Nandihalli, and M. Murphy. 2018. Changing Academic Culture: Responding to Sexual Harassment. Recognizing and Addressing Power Dynamics in Science and Academia. pp. 9-16. Washington, D.C.: Society for Neuroscience.
  • Barnes, R.T., E. Mari­n-Spiotta and A.R. Morris. 2018. Building community to advance women in the geosciences through the Earth Science Women's Network. In: B. Johnson, ed. Women and Geology: Who Are We, Where Have We Come From, and Where Are We Going? GSA Special Publication (in press)
  • Schneider, B.B., L. Tranel, and M. Cremeans. 2018. The Association for Women Geoscientists: 40 Years of Successes, Struggles, and Sisterhood, Pp. 121-128. In: B. Johnson, (ed.) Women and Geology: Who Are We, Where Have We Come From, and Where Are We Going? Geological Society of America Press.
  • Mari­n-Spiotta, E. 2018. Harassment should count as scientific misconduct. Nature 557: 141. doi 10.1038/d41586-018-05076-2
  • Mattheis, A. and Schneider, B. 2018. Intersectional approaches to counter harassment and discrimination in geophysics: SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts.
  • Mari­n-Spiotta, E. and B. Schneider. 2018. Time's Up for Harassers in Academia. The POSTDOCket 3(16) Published March 2018
  • Schneider, B., M.A. Holmes and E. Mari­n-Spiotta. Sexual harassment in the sciences: Response by professional societies. Geoscience Currents No. 125. American Geosciences Institute. Published 14 March 2018
  • Williams, B. M. 2017. NSF grant: AGU and partners aim at gender issues in geosciences. Eos 98. Published 10 August 2017.

Related work prior to this NSF award