Professional Development

ECR subcommittee

The GeoHealth Early Career Committee supports early career scientists - students, postdocs, junior faculty, and practitioners - by providing information and opportunities for professional development and building a community within the GeoHealth section. Since GeoHealth is a relatively new and interdisciplinary field, we seek to provide a space to learn about opportunities beyond what we might encounter in our own disciplinary home or department.


At the annual AGU fall meeting, we host a panel session to learn from inspiring GeoHealth professionals, including tips and tricks for navigating a career in GeoHealth. These sessions also provide the attendees the opportunity to ask questions and network with leaders in GeoHealth.  The theme for AGU fall meeting 2019 was “Navigating a Career in GeoHealth”. The same theme will be followed for the AGU fall meeting 2020.

Starting winter 2020, we will host a monthly webinar series. The webinar will host professional development related sessions with senior scientists, as well as research focused sessions with early career researchers. During the professional development sessions, attendees learn about career trajectories and have the opportunity to discuss career development advice in this interdisciplinary field between geosciences and public health. During the research focused sessions early career researchers have the opportunity to present their work to a wider audience and to expand their professional network while attendees get introduced to a wide range of GeoHealth related research fields. 

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Past Events

  • AGU fall meeting 2019

During the AGU fall meeting, the ECR subcommittee hosted the first early career session with the title “Navigating a Career in GeoHealth”. Four panelists from different organizations shared their professional experiences and answered questions from the audience. More information can be found on the event website.


AGU has a fantastic website with resources for early career scientists. We encourage you to check it out! Other tips and tricks we recommend are:

  • Apply for travel grants to meetings (both from your university and professional societies)
  • Apply for awards (both from your university and professional societies)
  • Propose a session at a meeting
  • Get involved in your department or a professional society
  • Check out our (growing) lists below for finding more resources 


Since GeoHealth is such a new field that finds itself at the intersection of a variety of different fields, it may be difficult to find job postings. Here are a few job boards and email lists that sometimes have GeoHealth related postings.


Know of resources that aren't on here? Please contact us with information so we can add it! 

Job boards 

  • AGU Pathfinder (link)
  • Geological Society of America Jobs (website and job board)
  • ORISE (Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education) (Zintellect Job Board and website
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene job board (link)
  • Emory school of public health job board (link)
  • Fogarty international center - Global Health Careers (link)
  • Triangle Global Health Consortium (link)
  • Josh's Water Jobs (link)



  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers - (website) Teaching Materials, Professional Development and Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshops

Related Societies

Building a network is an integral part in professional development for early career scientists - here are a few societies with divisions/sections that are related to GeoHealth. Many of these societies also have meetings with sessions on GeoHealth-related topics. We know travel to meetings can be expensive, but one of these may be near you.


Society Name

Sections / Divisions / SIGs


National Environmental Health Association


American Public Health Association



Planetary Health Alliance


Geological Society of America

Geology and Health


American Society of Geographers

Health and Medical Geography


Society of Toxicology


International Society of Environmental Epidemiology


Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs


Health Effects Institute


American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

ACGH (Global Health)


Ecological Society of America

Disease Ecology


American Meteorological Society

Environment and Health

Regional groups

List of regional health geography groups


International Medical Geology Association


Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health



Franziska Landes - Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon (email)

Andrea McMahon - University of Oklahoma (email, Twitter: @hessandrea)



Allison Baer - University of Maryland (email)
Behrooz Roozitalab - University of Iowa (email, Twitter: @BehRoozitalab)
Ryan Harp - Northwestern University (email, Twitter: @ryandharp)

Jennifer Horney - University of Delaware