Inclusive restoration: ten recommendations to support LGBTQ+ researchers in restoration science

Trevyn A. Toone*, Sam J. Ahler, Julie E. Larson, Justin C. Luong, Francisco Martínez-Baena, Carlos A. Ordóñez-Parra, Mateus C. Silva, Isabelle B.C. van der Ouderaa

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Abstract

Scientists who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or members of other marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ+) face serious disparities compared to their non-LGBTQ+ peers. Restoration science presents additional risks for LGBTQ+ researchers, including extensive time in the field—sometimes in locations that are hostile to LGBTQ+ people or create discomfort around gender expression and sexual orientation. At the same time, restoration science is uniquely positioned to create change: the same principles that shape ecosystem restoration also provide a blueprint for cultivating inclusion in science. We present 10 recommendations for LGBTQ+ inclusion based on four guiding restoration principles: (1) Context is key; (2) Healthy environments require support; (3) Success needs to be defined; and (4) A diverse future is worth striving for. We provide concrete actions that individuals and institutions can take and emphasize the positive outcomes that LGBTQ+ inclusion can generate for a healthier restoration community.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13743
JournalRestoration Ecology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Jun 2022

Keywords

  • conservation
  • disparities
  • inclusion
  • LGBTQ inequality
  • STEM
  • UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

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