Gill Quoted in Nature Article on Sexual Harassment, Assault

Jacquelyn Gill, an assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine, was quoted in an article published in the journal Nature that focuses on sexual harassment and assault during field research and on campuses. The topic has gained less attention in scientific fields with greater gender equality, such as ecology, according to the article. Gill and Joshua Drew, a conservation ecologist at Columbia University in New York, will speak about the topic as part of a panel discussion at the August meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore, Maryland, the article states. “We want to start important conversations — for example, sharing university reporting procedures with students in their own labs, departments and institutions,” Gill said, adding she feels responsible for her graduate students. “We need to create a culture where incidents are rare and reporting is easy.”