Quiz time! How much do you know about where recently-hired TT N. American ecology faculty got their PhDs? (UPDATE: quiz now closed)

So, I was procrastinating the other day and decided to compile data on where N. American tenure-track asst. professors of ecology (or allied fields like fish & wildlife) hired in 2016-17 got their PhDs. Basically, did they all get their PhDs from UC Davis, or what?* Because you can’t throw a rock over there without hitting an ecology grad student.**

Anyway, before I post the results, I’m curious what you think I found. Take 30 seconds and answer the following questions! I hope you do better than the people who responded to my silly Twitter polls on this topic. πŸ˜‰

This is not a scientific poll, obviously (especially since I kinda gave away the answers on Twitter…). Just a hopefully-fun conversation starter.

*Just kidding, I didn’t really wonder this.

**Please don’t actually try this. πŸ™‚

4 thoughts on “Quiz time! How much do you know about where recently-hired TT N. American ecology faculty got their PhDs? (UPDATE: quiz now closed)

  1. So, as a UC Davis grad student, I just wanted to mention that a serious factor decoupling # PhDs vs # Students to Academia might be local (eg, state-scale) availability of non-academic job opportunities.

    Here in California, we’re fortunate to have a comparatively large number of agency/conservation jobs (and many candidates for them). This I guess is due to both the variety of biomes in CA and a service-dominated economy. Consequently, we have many (most?) students aiming primarily for such careers (and to stay West Coast for other reasons). It’s also important to point out that most ecology-related departments at Davis are well-connected to state and federal agencies. So figuring out where you want to be and how to get there is, perhaps, substantially easier than in some other places (e.g., ‘Ivory tower’-type schools with few faculty connected to agriculture and conservation). And obviously, having excellent ecologists savy for basic aspects of the science in agencies that implement conservation and policy is the basis for moving the field forward.

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