Academic leaders must support inclusive scientific communities during COVID-19

Maas, Bea ; Grogan, Kathleen E. ; Chirango, Yolanda ; Harris, Nyeema ; Lievano-Latorre, Luisa Fernanda ; McGuire, Krista L. ; Moore, Alexandria C. ; Ocampo-Ariza, Carolina ; Palta, Monica Marie ; Perfecto, Ivette ; Primack, Richard B. ; Rowell, Kirsten ; Sales, Lilian ; Santos-Silva, Rejane ; Silva, Rafaela Aparecida ; Sterling, Eleanor J. ; Vieira, Raisa R. S. ; Wyborn, Carina ; Toomey, Anne (2020)

CITATION: Maas, B. et al. 2020. Academic leaders must support inclusive scientific communities during COVID-19. Nature Ecology and Evolution, doi:10.1038/s41559-020-1233-3.

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The COVID-19 pandemic poses major challenges for all sectors of society, including scientists faced with abrupt disruptions and redirections of research and higher education1. The consequences of this crisis will disproportionately impact early-career scientists; especially those from communities historically underrepresented, disadvantaged and/or discriminated in the fields of environmental sciences, including women, researchers from the Global South and persons with disabilities2. We call for a collective effort by the entire scientific community, especially those in leadership positions, to respond to the short- and long-term challenges of this crisis and to protect decades of efforts to build an inclusive scientific community3.

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