The Howard L. McKee Ecology Residency

Residency Program Overview

In the face of global ecological concerns such as climate change, rising sea levels, deforestation, overpopulation and others, the mission of the Howard L. McKee Ecology Residency is to provide space and time for transformative ecological thought. The program aims to foster a supportive environment for reflection, study, and collaboration, to encourage creative problem solving by thinkers across disciplines and outside of the confines of academic and institutional settings.

In order to fulfill this mission, the Sitka Center offers 3.5 month residencies to scientists, researchers, policy makers, and others whose work centers around environmental, conservation or ecological concerns through the Howard L. McKee Ecology Residency. Ecology residents at Sitka live in a small community alongside an exceptional group of musicians, visual artists and writers who are thinkers, philosophers, and change agents. This environment fosters interdisciplinary dialogue, cross pollination, and the opportunity to approach problems and questions with a fresh perspective.

One Howard L. McKee Ecology Resident will be selected for either the Fall or Spring session. Selected applicants receive private living accommodations and a separate working space free of charge at the Sitka Center. While at Sitka residents are given uninterrupted time to focus on research and writing projects; outcomes are self directed. Residents are also asked to participate in occasional community events and a community outreach activity during their stay.

No laboratory equipment is provided, but researchers are invited to bring their own equipment if it can be accommodated. There is the possibility to partner with the Hatfield Marine Science Center as part of the Oregon State University's Marine Studies Initiative, as well as access to other academic, scientific, and research resources in the region.

The Howard L. McKee Ecology Residency is open to practitioners in a broad range of scientific or ecologically focused fields: scientific research, public policy, and architecture represent only a sampling of fields to which this residency may appeal. Special attention will be given to research projects directly impacted by proximity to the Oregon coast, the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area (CHSRA), the Salmon River Estuary and/or the Experimental Forest lands.

Applicants could include:

Scientists and researchers in academia (professors, graduate students, etc.) who will use the time to develop or complete their own projects
Local researchers who are specifically interested in working with CHSRA, the Salmon River estuary, the experimental forest, or other local areas
Federal scientists (i.e. from the Fish and Wildlife Service) interested in local ecosystems
Citizen scientists whose research is not necessarily of an academic nature
Scientists and researchers who will use the time to finish writing papers, dissertations, books, etc.

For information about the deadline for application, apply through our online application system.

What is needed to apply:

Project proposal of 1000 words or less
Professional references

About Howard L. McKee

Howard L. McKee was an environmentalist, architect, urban planner, and a visionary with a deep concern for the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area and its environs. Howard's vision and commitment has influenced the Sitka Center's ecology programming for decades, and this residency is offered in his memory through the generosity of the McKee family. Learn about Howard McKee's life and work here.

Past Ecology Residents

Linda Wiener (NM) Entomologist, 2016
Jerry Franklin (WA) Forest Ecologist, 2015
Peter Dalmazzo (Australia) Marine Biologist, 2015
Kirk Johnson (DC) Scientist & Director of Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, 2013
Kurt Fausch (CO) Stream Ecologist, 2011
Robin Kimmerer (NY) Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology, 2010
Dawn Stetzel (IA) Ethnobotanist and Installation Artist, 2008
Ryan Burns (OR) Biodiscourse, 2007
Alexandra Chitty (IL) Biologist and Visual Artist, 2006
David Bayles (OR) River Restoration Scientist, 2005
Robert Deason (PA) Hydrologist, 2005
Jim Wescoat (IL) Geographer and Landscape Historian, 2005
Leah Bray (MS) Biologist, 2003
Bradford Matsen (WA) Writer/Natural Scientist, 2003
Robert Johnson (NC) Visual Artist and Botanist, 2001
Don Zobel (OR) Botanist and Plant Pathologist, 2001
Robert M. Pyle (WA) Lepidopterist, 1997
Weishu Hsu (China) Ecologist, 1992
Phillip Johnson (OR) Ecologist and Writer, 1992
Keith Brockie (Scotland) Visual Artist and Ornithologist, 1992
David J. Wagner (WI) Environmental Art Historian, 1989