Student Association (EFISA)

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 students’ 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:
Monthly Calls: If calls are scheduled for June to August 2024, the information will be posted here and the #students Slack channel. Otherwise, a new schedule of calls will be created for September to December. We are always open to people joining the calls. Fill out the registration survey to be included in the email list.
Weekly Co-working Calls: These calls will be “drop in” hours for either co-working, writing feedback, stats feedback, etc for EFISA. There will be breakout rooms to ensure that people who want specific conversations (or no talking) to participate as desired! The calls will be from 3-6 PM EST every Friday.  Reach out to if you would like to receive the Zoom link for these calls.

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

Career Panel Hosted February 22, 2023
EFISA sponsored a panel on careers beyond academia related to ecological forecasting.
Moderator: Lynda Bradley (Emory University, EFISA co-chair)
Panelists: Juniper Simonis (DAPPER Stats), Alex Hounshell (NOAA), Jake Zwart (USGS), Laura D’Acunto (USGS), Tina Cheng (Bat Conservation International), Giovanni Rapacciuolo (NatureServe), Christy Rollinson (Morton Arboretum)

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