Call for papers

Frontiers is currently soliciting submissions for its ongoing series on non-academic ecological careers, and for Frontiers EcoPics, our natural-history photo series.


About the journal

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment is a benefit of membership of the Ecological Society of America. International in scope and interdisciplinary in approach, Frontiers focuses on current ecological issues and environmental challenges. Frontiers is aimed at professional ecologists and scientists working in related disciplines. With content that is timely, interesting, and accessible, even to those reading outside their own area of expertise, it has a broad, interdisciplinary appeal and is relevant to all users of ecological science, including policy makers, resource managers, and educators. Frontiers covers all aspects of ecology, the environment, and related subjects, focusing on global issues, broadly impacting research, cross-disciplinary or multi-country endeavors, new techniques and technologies, new approaches to old problems, and practical applications of ecological science. The journal is sent to all ESA members as part of their membership, and is also available to libraries via institutional subscription.


Current Issue: November 2018

Ice-breeding seals represent a critical food resource for polar bears (Ursus maritimus). During relatively ice-free conditions in past geological eras, ancestral ursids likely switched to alternatives, including the carcasses of stranded whales, as a “nutritional refuge” to help ensure their survival. In today’s Arctic, however, contemporary bears are confronted not only with an unprecedented pace of sea-ice losses but also with fewer available carcasses as a result of whale populations’ slow recovery from historical commercial whaling. READ MORE

Central photo: © Ø Wiig

Background photo: ©  O Belonovich/Heritage Expeditions


Seeking submissions for series on non-academic ecological careers

We’re still looking for articles about ecological/environmental entrepreneurship, education, ecotourism, and science communication, and are open to hearing about other nontraditional ecological career paths outside of academia. All articles in the series are free to read. See the list below for what’s been published so far:

Exploring Ecological Careers – a new Frontiers series
Ecological careers in nature-based non-governmental organizations
Museum careers – so much more than curating collections!
Expect the unexpected: private-sector careers
Breaking into science writing
An ecologist’s guide to careers in science policy advising
Careers in science diplomacy and international policy
It’s dirty, but it’s not dirt: scientists in state policy
Ecological consulting as a career option
Opportunities in science editing
Make a difference: ecology careers in federal agencies
Ecological consultants: serving on the front lines of species and ecosystem conservation
Science and nature filmmaking: making a career of visual storytelling

Upcoming articles will cover careers in biological field stations, federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), and cooperative extension services.

Contact Sue Silver ( for more details or with pre-submission inquiries.