Parameters of the Program

1. Faculty mentors are acting as mentors for animal geography-related material only.

2. Faculty mentors are not expected to act as a primary mentor for research projects.  This means that the faculty mentors are not expected to review manuscripts/dissertation chapters or provide financial support.  While we obviously do not wish to prevent closer connections from happening, we want to be clear that the faculty mentors are not expected to provide this level of attention.

3. There is no time limit for mentoring.  Students are free to contact faculty for any amount of time and it is up to the individual faculty to set limits about communication (especially during summers or holidays.)

AnGSG's Mentorship Program

Connecting Faculty and Students Across Institutions and Disciplines

The Animal Geography Specialty Group is pleased to introduce its animal geography mentoring program.  This program is designed to connect undergraduate and graduate students working broadly in the area of animal geography with faculty who identify as animal geographers and/or are actively conducting animal geography research.

This is not a formal mentoring program but one that is designed to give students somewhere to turn when they have questions about their research, animal geography as a discipline, or animal geography-related jobs.  To that end, there is no application process for students.  Instead, we request that students peruse the list of faculty mentors and their areas and contact them directly.  If you do not see a direct match please either send your questions to the ANGSG Google Group or contact our group Chair, Stephanie Rutherford.

We are grateful for the support of our first set of faculty mentors.  If you would like to be added to the list as a mentor please send our group Chair Stephanie Rutherford your information.

What can this program be used for?

1. Questions about job searches:  How can I ‘sell’ my animal geography work on the job market?  What are the pros and cons of calling myself an animal geographer?

2. Questions about being an animal geographer:  Is it hard to get grants?  Where do you publish?  How do I get started?  What if my department doesn’t seem to care about animal geography?

3. Questions about a project:  I saw that you used this research method for your project - do you think it would be helpful for mine?  I’m interested in the area you are generally working in – do you think this project would make an interesting contribution?