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Our goal is to build a welcoming and supportive community.

These are living documents that we continue to revisit and revise as a group. They were originally drafted in June 2020 by Audrey Burr, Mac Calvert, Samantha Catella, Luisa Cusick, Emile Gluck-Thaler, Lauren Kerwien, Shaniya Markalanda, and Corlett Wood.

Lab values

We believe everyone is capable of excelling in science. We are committed to ensuring that our lab is a safe, welcoming, and supportive space in which we are all empowered to do our best work, as individuals and as a group.


We recognize that inequity and injustice have and continue to distort who is allowed to become a scientist; who receives credit for scientific ideas; who is welcomed into scientific communities; and how data are interpreted. Moreover, science — including but not limited to our own fields of ecology, evolution, and evolutionary genetics — has been used to justify and reinforce racism and racist policies. We stand in solidarity with the Black community, as well as Indigenous people and non-Black people of color, against the systemic inequities, systematic oppression, and horrific acts of police brutality that arise directly from these racist policies. 

We expect all lab members to make an active effort to be anti-racist and to be active allies for oppressed and marginalized communities.  We will educate ourselves on issues related to equity, inclusion, justice, and anti-racism in academia and in STEM; quantify and confront our own implicit biases; attend training on diversity issues, allyship, and bystander intervention strategies offered by the Department, University, and scientific societies; and participate in discussions, workshops, and events offered in our Department and at scientific conferences. To facilitate this goal and examine our own lab’s practices, and we will dedicate one lab meeting each month to discuss and educate ourselves on issues related to equity, inclusion, justice, and anti-racism in academia and in STEM.

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Lab policies

This is a work in progress — check back for updates!


We're working together to draft a document of lab policies and expectations, based on on similar lab documents from the Kohl Lab (University of Pittsburgh), the Humphries Lab (University of Rhode Island), the Bolnick Lab (University of Connecticut), and the eLife Ambassadors' inclusive practices lab manual (