Student Association (EFISA)

Meeting Announcements

EFISA has contributed to the May 23-25, EFI 2022 Virtual Conference planning and organization. The group led the first Networking Session on Day 1 and hosted an early-career focused networking session on Day 2.

In 2021, EFISA hosted an Early Career meeting on June 14-15.  The 2-day meeting focused on enabling early career (undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs) scientists to participate in ecological forecasting. The meeting centered around 1) developing collaborations and shared skills amongst attendees, and 2) highlighted student forecasts submitted to the EFI RCN NEON Ecological Forecast Challenge and provided skills-based workshops. Resources from the meeting are available HERE

EFISA Overview

The Ecological Forecasting Initiative Student Association (EFISA) was founded by students and for students as a platform for sharing resources, bolstering community, and fostering collaboration within the diverse field of ecological forecasting.

The group meets on the third Thursday of each month to provide a community of support for students interested in ecological forecasting. The group provides a venue for graduate students to network with others.  Activities include discussions of relevant papers, short presentations of student’s research, and developing collaborative group projects such as hackathons, software packages, educational resources, and publications. 

Any student interested in ecological forecasting is welcome to join. Students can join EFISA by filling out this registration survey and emailing We intentionally prescribe no formal definition of a student and intend for our group to be inclusive of those enrolled in accredited academic institutions and also those who are not.

EFISA Operating Principles and Procedures version 1.0

EFISA Working Group Schedule of Calls:
EFISA will meet on September 22, October 27, November 17, and December 8 at 11am US Eastern. We are always open to people joining the calls. Fill out the registration survey to be included in the email list.

Chairs: Lynda Bradley (Emory University), Dave Klinges (University of Florida), Alyssa Willson (University of Notre Dame)
Former Chairs: Whitney Woelmer (Virginia Tech University), Millie Chapman (UC Berkeley)

This video is from the EFI 2022 Conference held on May 23-25, 2022.